Columbus at RSL player grades

Columbus at Real Salt Lake Player Analysis

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 and substitutes:

Nick Rimando (6) ‘ Wasn’t called into action much as Columbus only put two of its 14 shots on frame.
Tony Beltran (4) ‘ Was definitely the weak link RSL’s defense. He got caught ball watching and gave up a free header to Robbie Rogers in the first half, and his poor clearance led to Columbus’ second half shot off the post.
Nat Borchers (8) ‘ Was absolutely solid again with containing Columbus’ pretty stagnant attack.
Jamison Olave (8) ‘ Despite seeming a bit sluggish, he owned the air for RSL clearing away anything that came his way.
Ian Joy (7) ‘ With two solid games in a row, he’s probably worked his way back into the starting line-up for weeks to come.
Dema Kovalenko (6) ‘ Wasn’t very noticeable, but he was pretty effective at breaking up Columbus attack through the midfield when needed.
Javier Morales (7) ‘ His early goal gave RSL the confidence needed, even though it wasn’t the best hit free kick and would’ve been stopped had Columbus’ wall done its job. The rest of the match, he did a decent job creating opportunities for his teammates.
Kyle Beckerman (7) ‘ Didn’t seem to get himself into the attack all that much, but was solid with his defensive duties.
Yura Movsisyan (6) ‘ A surprise starter for the first time since opening day, he played OK recording two shots. He seemed to tire out late in the first half.
Tino Nunez (7) ‘ Amid numerous Columbus defenders, he held the ball up well for the 69 minutes he was on the pitch, better than Kenny Deuchar has been doing.

Substitute grades:

Robbie Findley (8) ‘ Was active from the minute he stepped on the pitch, and his fantastic touch and finish in the 78th minute assured RSL that the final 12 minutes weren’t gut-wrenching.
Kenny Duechar (7) ‘ He assisted Findley on RSL’s second goal of the game and was realistically unlucky not to score a few minutes earlier on a shot that bounced inches wide.
Nate Sturgis (6) ‘ Only played one minute plus stoppage time.

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

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