San Jose at RSL player grades

San Jose at RSL player grades

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Each game this year Deseret News staff writers will grade individual performances from Real Salt Lake’s players using the following scale:

1 ‘ Truly once-in-a-lifetime poor performance
2 ‘ Horrifyingly bad
3 ‘ Very poor
4 ‘ Poor
5 ‘ Below average
6 ‘ Average
7 ‘ Above average
8 ‘ Outstanding
9 ‘ Sensational
10 ‘ Truly once-in-a-lifetime outstanding performance

Here are the grades for RSL’s starting 11:
Nick Rimando (6) ‘ Could’ve read last week’s Sports Illustrated for most of RSL’s last home game; could’ve read this week’s SI for most of this week’s home game.
Tony Beltran (6) ‘ Easy night for entire backline, and this rookie got forward OK on occasion. Could’ve won a penalty in the second half, too.
Nat Borchers (5) ‘ Had one slip early and got caught in no-man’s land later on. Neither mistake was horribly bad, but both were just slightly off-key.
Jamison Olave (6) ‘ Helped RSL record its third consecutive shutout ‘ a franchise record.
Chris Wingert (6) ‘ Very quiet evening but did what was asked of him.
Matias Cordoba (4) ‘ Fluffed an early opportunity in the 6th minute and didn’t look at all like the much-ballyhooed player many predicted he would be during the offseason.
Dema Kovalenko (5) ‘ Given freedom to go forward in the second half with RSL playing a man up, the no-nonsense midfielder was too impatient and settled for half chances instead of trying to find better ones.
Javier Morales (6) ‘ Was very active from start to finish, creating chances for others while shooting himself when opportunities presented themselves, like when he rattled the post in the second half.
Kyle Beckerman (5) ‘ Couldn’t connect cleanly on an attempt in the first half and possibly could’ve gotten out of the way of the goal that wasn’t in the second half.
Robbie Findley (6) ‘ His fantastic form continued and he worked his socks off from start to finish.
Kenny Deuchar (4) ‘ Worked hard but never got off to the races.

Substitute grades:
Kenny Cutler (6) ‘ Filled in the defensive-mid role to free Kovalenko and was just fine with San Jose pinned in its own half.
Tino Nunez (5) ‘ Wasn’t particularly off color but wasn’t great by any stretch of the imagination, either.

There you have it, our grades for Wednesday’s game against San Jose. But what do you think? Who were we too harsh to? Too kind?

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