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) – He didn’t have to do much with only two saves, but his first one was early in the game on a 1-on-1 chance from Colin Clark, and a goal there by the Rapids could have changed the entire match.
Chris Wingert (6) ‘ Didn’t make mistakes, but also didn’t seem to make as many dangerous runs as grown accustomed to from him.
Nat Borchers (6) – Solid, steady and up to his normal self in the back.
Jamison Olave (7) ‘ His presence in the back is intimidating to opponents. Not many players knock over Conor Casey and make it look easy.
Ian Joy (6) ‘ His groin injury still limited him to a half, but he looked up to form in that first half.
Will Johnson (7) ‘ For a player in his first action with a new group, he looked right at home in the midfield and brought a toughness that was nice to see.
Kyle Beckerman (6) ‘ Perhaps Kyle set the bar too high in the beginning of the season because he was solid, but not spectacular.
Javier Morales (7) ‘ His first assist was set up because Andy Williams made it work, but his second was a 60-yard, on-the-money strike. Other than those plays, he was about average for Javi.
Andy Williams (8) ‘ His assist was special, really special, and on-the-ball, nobody is better than Williams. This game, he also tracked back well and showed a lot of effort.
Kenny Deuchar (6) ‘ This was close to a 5 because of a close-range miss that Deuchar should have collected and finished rather than heading wide, but his target play up top was strong enough to forgive him.
Fabian Espindola (9) ‘ Besides his two goals, he was the most dangerous player on the field by a long way. He had a third goal called back from an offsides that would have netted him the hat trick.
Robbie Russell (6) ‘ He had a couple of giveaways in the back, but each time he seemed to win the ball back.
Yura Movsisyan (5) ‘ He was dangerous, but he couldn’t finish a couple of chances that a player of his class should put away.
Clint Mathis (6) ‘ His 12 minutes were played mainly just trying to kill that clock.