RSL at Chicago player grades

Real Salt Lake at Chicago 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 (7) ‘ Was called upon twice in the second half, and came up big both times. One was a diving save on the ground, the other he was a save up high where he’s typically more vulnerable.
Chris Wingert (7) ‘ Solid for much of the match defensively in his first game back after his red-card suspension.
Jamison Olave (7) ‘ Chicago had 14 corner kicks and RSL’s towering center backs cleared nearly every one of them away. Was nearly beat by Chad Barrett when he banged a shot off the post.
Nat Borchers (8) ‘ Was in the right spot at the right time the entire match as RSL picked up its sixth shutout in the past eight matches.
Ian Joy (5) ‘ Played well for 80 minutes, but made some poor decisions down the stretch that nearly cost RSL.
Dema Kovalenko (5) ‘ Helped clean up some scary situations in the box in the first half, but he had a terrible give away that realistically should’ve been a goal for Chicago. Offensively, his long range shots were brutally off the mark.
Kyle Beckerman (7) ‘ Was a bigger contributor on the defense all night. He had one chance in the second half that nearly put away.
Andy Williams (6) ‘ His width and possession in the first half helped RSL outplay the hosts. In the second half, he and his teammates seemed to tire a bit.
Javier Morales (5) ‘ Morales has set a high standard for himself, but he didn’t live up to it against Chicago. When RSL needed him to maintain possession and alleviate pressure in the second half, often times he gave the ball away within seconds.
Yura Movsisyan (6) ‘ Was an absolute non-factor in his 22 minutes in the second half, but he was very active in the first half and was unlucky not to score on a first-half corner kick.
Tino Nunez (5) ‘ Was active in the first half, but he did have a few half chances in the first half neither of which he could put away.

Substitute grades:

Robbie Findley (6) ‘ Was active and threatening for most of the second half after replacing Tino Nunez, but he’s got to put away that one-on-one opportunity.
Kenny Deuchar (6) ‘ With as tired as his teammates were in the second half he was never going to get the necessary service, but he proved he can be effective with his feet with several nice sequences.
Tony Beltran (6) ‘ Only played a few minutes, but he helped RSL survive Chicago’s final push with some timely clearances.

There you have it, our grades from the Chicago match while watching on TV, but what do you think?

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