RSL at New York player grades

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 (6) – Normally a ‘keeper that surrenders two goals gets a lower grade, but the tallies were certainly not his fault and he made a couple of nice saves.
Robbie Russell (5) – A little slow pulling up on the second goal could have kept van den Bergh onside.
Jamison Olave (4) – Perhaps it was a foul on Angel’s goal, but just clear the ball away and it is a non issue. Also slow coming out on van den Bergh’s goal.
Nat Borchers (5)- Allowed too many players to slip inside for a chance at goal on crosses.
Chris Wingert (6)- Was solid and picked up his third assist on the year.
Andy Williams (5) – National team duty may have taken something out of Williams as he appeared a little tired and played without the same energy he’s had lately.
Will Johnson (5)- Johnson is starting to get the Beckerman syndrome where more is expected out of him than just a solid contribution.
Javier Morales (5) – Did he play in the second half? Again more is expected from the RSL playmaker.
Kyle Beckerman (5) – Solid yet not spectacular once again. Simply has bar set very high to be an average game.
Robbie Findley (5) – Had a nice flick-header for the assist, but other than that his first touch deserted him.
Yura Movsisyan (7) – Was by far the best player on the field for the Salt Lake club. His goal was a world-class finish, but still could have finished another before the end of the first half that would have changed the complexion of the game.

Substitute grades:
Kenny Deuchar (6) – Was a non factor in his 12+ minutes, but did his job.
Clint Mathis (6) – He appears to be getting a little more fit and played fairly well in his 31+ minutes.
Ian Joy (6) – He was a curious substitute at the end of the game. A defender when trailing by one?

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