Real player grades against New England

New England at RSL player grades

RSL 2, New England 1

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

Grades for starting 11:
Nick Rimando (5) – Could have earned a 6, but the one goal given up was truly a tragedy. Lack of communication, which is the oncoming ‘keepers job, was key.
Chris Wingert (7) – His defense was stellar, but what earned him a higher mark was the ability he showed getting up the wings and putting pressure on the Revs.
Nat Borchers (5) – He was the one that misplayed the ball with Rimando leading to Cristman’s goal, but his play in the back was at a high level.
Jamison Olave (7) – Again was steady, strong and definitive in his play at the back. Also knocked the ball around for possession better than normal.
Tony Beltran (7) – Like Wingert, Beltran played well at the back and had some great runs up the wings to create some opportunities for himself and teammates.
Kyle Beckerman (6) – He has set the bar so high for what to expect from the team captain, that unless something spectacular comes from him an average 6 from him is still better than some player’s 7 or 8.
Dema Kovalenko (6) – Was not spectacular, but didn’t have any critical mistakes either. The perfect definition of a score of 6. But his gutting it up with an injury was impressive and he may be out in the coming days if the soreness and stiffness he expects sets in.
Javier Morales (8) – Coach Jason Kreis felt Morales was the man of the match. He had the two plays that led to the two goals without getting an official assist as the first goal was ruled off a New England player, and then his shot was deflected to Nunez for the game-winner. He was all over the field.
Andy Williams (7) – He returns from national team duty with Jamaica and RSL wins. Coincidence? Perhaps not.
Robbie Findley (6) – Only played 41 minutes, but looked dangerous on a couple of runs, and was right next to Heaps on the own goal for New England.
Kenny Deuchar (6) – Did a good job up top holding the ball, and was a bit unlucky on a first-half header that hit the bar and came out instead of bouncing in.

Substitute grades:
Tino Nunez (8) – Held the ball well. Made some good runs and most importantly had the game-winning goal, his first point in MLS.
Kenny Cutler (6) – Did his job the last 20 minutes in playing a defensive midfielder role. After all, Real actually held on to the lead this time.
Matias Cordoba (6) – His 4+ minutes were not enough to truly give a grade, but he did have one scoring chance very late.

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