RSL at Columbus player grades

Real Salt Lake at Columbus 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 (5) ‘ Was realistically hung out to dry on all three goals, two headers and a penalty kick.
Chris Wingert (4) ‘ Had a so-so match, and was caught in no man’s land on Columbus’ third goal.
Nat Borchers (3) ‘ His clumsy challenge led to Columbus’ penalty kick, and his marking wasn’t all that good either.
Jamison Olave (4) ‘ Wasn’t sharp after missing last week’s game, and taking an early yellow card realistically prevented him from playing aggressively during the final 80 minutes.
Robbie Russell (4) ‘ In his two starts RSL has now surrendered seven goals, which is by no means all his fault, but it doesn’t appear that he’s settling in quite as quickly as RSL had hoped.
Kenny Cutler (4) ‘ Wasn’t bad but wasn’t good either. With Cutler on the field RSL plays slower in the midfield and more defensive, but what RSL needed against Columbus after falling behind early was more offensive-minded options.
Kyle Beckerman (3) ‘ Midfielder set the bar for himself very high early in the season, but he’s not living up to those expectations now. His first touch was awful on occasions and his contributions on the attack were nil.
Javier Morales (4) ‘ Tried to be too fancy on numerous occasions when a simple pass would’ve helped RSL maintain possession or taking a shot might’ve actually led to something positive.
Robbie Findley (4) ‘ Has never really played well when he’s been asked to play as a wide forward or midfielder, and that was once again the case. His first touch abandoned him most of the game and his speed was a nonfactor.
Kenny Deuchar (3) ‘ Was rewarded with the start after scoring at Houston last weekend, but he did nothing as a result. Deuchar’s poor marking on a free kick led directly to Columbus first goal, and in the attack he was nonexistent.
Yura Movsisyan (5) ‘ Only played in the first half, and like most of his teammates he wasn’t very effective, even though he’s still playing much better soccer as of late.

Substitute grades:

Andy Williams (7) ‘ Would’ve been better off having Williams on the field the entire match, probably not realistic after he played 90 minutes for the Jamaican National Team on Wednesday. When Williams replaced Deuchar at hafltime RSL’s attack immediately improved.
Fabian Espindola (5) ‘ RSL’s attack picked up a bit when he came on the field, but it probably had more to do with Columbus’ big lead than anything else.
Clint Mathis (6) ‘ Had a few bright moments after replacing Kenny Cutler late in the second half.

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

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