Houston at Real Salt Lake player grades

Houston at Real Salt Lake Player Analysis

Each game this year Deseret Morning 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 and substitutes:

Nick Rimando (6) — Only had to make one real good save, but he was up to the challenge when it finally came.
Chris Wingert (5) — His service out of the back was poor, and even though a 90th minute red card didn’t exactly hurt his team, his suspension next week will.
Jamison Olave (8) — Once again the Colombian defender was a beast all game as he outmuscled Brian Ching for 90 minutes.
Nat Borchers (8) — RSL’s other center back was solid as well in helping RSL earn its third shutout in the past five games.
Ian Joy (6) — It’s no secret Joy has been a disappointment thus far, but in his first start in nearly two months he more than held his own against a decent Houston team.
Andy Williams (5) — Coach Kreis wasn’t pleased with his defense on the wings, which is ultimately why he replaced him with the speedier Beltran.
Kenny Cutler (6) — Played a relatively decent match moving the ball quickly and helping preserve the shutout.
Javier Morales (6) — He put several teammates into quality scoring opportunities but no one could finish.
Kyle Beckerman (6) — A brutal first touch in the box in the 17th minute cost him what would’ve been an easy goal. Other than that, he put in a solid effort the rest of the match.
Kenny Deuchar (5) — RSL failed to score a goal yet again, but Deuchar was active for the 73 minutes he was on the pitch. Once he was subbed off the attack completely went stagnant for Real.
Robby Findlay (5) — Had a few decent looks, but couldn’t put anything on target.

Substitute grades:

Tony Beltran (5) — Replaced Andy Williams to shore up the defense, but the attack broke down without Williams.
Tino Nunez (5) — Came on for Deter in the 73rd minute, but RSL didn’t register a single shot from that point on.
Yura Movsisyan (5) — Came on for Ian Joy in the final minutes, but was a complete non factor as RSL was being dominated on the other end of the field.

There you have it, our grades from the Houston match, but what do you think?

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