RSL at Kansas City player grades

Kansas City 1, RSL 0

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) ‘ Came up with a couple of outstanding saves and couldn’t do anything about Kansas City’s late goal.
Chris Wingert (6) ‘ Did his usual thing down the left side for Salt Lake.
Nat Borchers (5) ‘ Was as much at fault for KC’s goal as anybody as he was bullied by Wiz defender Jimmy Conrad.
Jamison Olave (6) ‘ As time goes on, this Columbian defender shows his class more and more. Against KC, he was solid as usual.
Tony Beltran (5) ‘ Unlucky to concede the own goal but definitely not the greatest night in the world for this defender.
Dema Kovalenko (5) ‘ Questionably booked in the 31st minute but wasn’t his usual solid self.
Kyle Beckerman (6) ‘ RSL’s captain has looked just slightly off over the last month but seemed to play more like his usual self tonight.
Andy Williams (5) ‘ Williams was OK for Salt Lake but nothing more.
Javier Morales (5) ‘ RSL’s outstanding playmaker didn’t at all have the kind of influence he enjoyed a week ago against New England.
Robbie Findley (4) ‘ To be fair, coach Jason Kreis, who played him out of position, was as much to blame for his poor performance as anyone ‘ and the concussion he sustained last week couldn’t have helped either ‘ but it was nonetheless a bad night for this speedy striker.
Kenny Deuchar (5) ‘ Should’ve scored midway through the first half but instead shot the ball right at KC keeper Hartman.

Substitute grades:
Tino Nunez (6) ‘ Forced Hartman into a tough save and was bright from the word “Go”.
Yura Movsisyan (5) ‘ Looked out of sync in the 21+ minutes he was on the pitch.
Kenny Cutler (4) ‘ Not the worst idea to bring him on for the gassed Andy Williams down the stretch, but his only contribution to tonight’s match was to needlessly give away a free kick that led to Kansas City’s goal.

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

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