Toronto FC at RSL player grades

RSL 2, Toronto 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

Here are the grades for RSL’s starting 11:
Nick Rimando (7) ‘ Produced a couple of fantastic saves in the second half and couldn’t have done anything about Amado Guevara’s sweetly struck free kick.
Chris Wingert (6) ‘ Sent in an inviting ball that led to Olave’s goal and did his usual thing down the flanks.
Nat Borchers (6) ‘ Didn’t really put a foot wrong from start to finish and was reliable along Salt Lake’s backline.
Jamison Olave (7) ‘ Apart from a foul that led to Toronto’s equalizing goal, the bruising Columbian was fantastic at the back and scored a super goal at the other end.
Ian Joy (6) ‘ His pronounced early-season struggles now seem like a distant memory as he develops into a pretty good MLS fulback. He’s not all the way there yet by any means, but it seems like he’s on the right path.
Dema Kovalenko (6) ‘ At home in his D-mid position in the second half, he looked much more comfortable.
Kenny Cutler (5) ‘ Fulfilled his usual midfield role for 45 minutes but coach Jason Kreis opted to go a different route in the second half.
Javier Morales (6) ‘ Seemed to be more involved in the second half to help RSL establish its lead.
Kyle Beckerman (7) ‘ Though he should’ve done much better with a golden chance early in the second half, Beckerman nonetheless turned in a captain’s performance for Salt Lake and was outstanding overall.
Yura Movsisyan (5) ‘ Should’ve done better with the chances he had, especially in the first half.
Robbie Findley (7) ‘ Recognized the importance of the situation and slammed the game-winner home with four minutes to go, lifting RSL to a hugely critical win.

Substitute grades:
Andy Williams (6) ‘ Back from International duty, he did what he could to lift RSL in the second half.
Kenny Deuchar (6) ‘ Dr. Goals looked his usual MLS self ‘ lots of hard work but no goals to show for it.
Robbie Russell (5) ‘ While he displayed some of the attributes that made him a wanted man in his RSL debut, he didn’t look altogether convincing in the 17 minutes he was on the field.

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

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