RSL at Houston player grades

Real Salt Lake at Houston 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 (4) ‘ Was not good at all. Solid throughout most of the year bailing his teammates out when there were breakdowns, that simply wasn’t the case against Houston.
Chris Wingert (3) ‘ Had a very sporadic performance. Defensively he seemed good at times and very fatigued and bad at other times. The same thing can be said about his passing. At times he sent in decent crosses and at other times he passed the ball directly to the opposition.
Nat Borchers (3) ‘ Definitely was not switched on mentally. After a solid start to the match, Borchers was brutal in the final 15 minutes of the second and RSL paid dearly.
David Horst (2) ‘ Played a lazy, lazy first half. Got caught ball watching numerous times and was a big reason why RSL’s defense was so horrifyingly bad. Maybe it was the heat, but he did not play well in his MLS debut. It was better in the second half, but by then the outcome was well in hand.
Robbie Russell (4) ‘ Was a bit rough around the edges, not up to match sharpness yet. There were moments when you could see his physical ability and what an asset it can be.
Kenny Cutler (4) ‘ Known as a steady player who does his job and doesn’t make mistakes, but that wasn’t the case against Houston. He was a step slow all game and not surprisingly was replaced at halftime with Real trailing 4-2.
Andy Williams (5) ‘ Was a relative bright spot, especially in the first half. He was active and played several promising passes to his teammates. Like most of teammates though the heat and humidity seemed to suck the life out of him as the match wore on.
Kyle Beckerman (4) ‘ Played out wide in the first half and moved to holding midfield in the second half, and wasn’t all that impressive at either.
Javier Morales (4) ‘ Realistically was lucky to score his goal following a very favorable bounce. For the most part though, besides his goal he seemed a bit fatigued.
Robbie Findley (6) ‘ Actually had a pretty decent match. He helped set up two goals, and he put himself in several good positions and was perhaps unlucky not to score with his head a couple of times.
Yura Movsisyan (7) ‘ By far his best match in an RSL uniform. Not only did he score the game’s opening goal, but he had a big hand in RSL’s second goal with an outstanding shot on goal.

Substitute grades:

Fabian Espindola (5) ‘ Didn’t quite have the impact RSL’s coaching staff was probably hoping for when he replaced Kenny Cutler at halftime.
Clint Mathis (4) ‘ Just didn’t seem sharp after entering the match for Andy Williams 60 minutes into the match. Undoubtedly he isn’t match fit yet.
Kenny Deuchar (7) ‘ Scored his first goal in a long, long time with a fantastic finish in the 80th minute. Had he been given more time he might’ve been able to make an even bigger impact.

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

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