RSL at San Jose 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:
Nick Rimando (6) ‘ Couldn’t have done much to have stopped Huckerby’s two goals.
Chris Wingert (6) ‘ Struggled to deal with Huckerby during the first half and first two minutes of the second half, but he was solid after that.
Nat Borchers (7) ‘ Got mixed up with Olave on the second Huckerby goal but redeemed himself by fighting to keep San Jose’s attack quiet throughout the rest of the night.
Jamison Olave (6) ‘ Will miss next weekend’s contest at New England because of a first-half yellow card, but like Borchers, he was much better when RSL needed him to be late.
Ian Joy (7) ‘ His name wasn’t mentioned all that often by the HDNet folks, which speaks volumes about how solid he was defensively.
Kyle Beckerman (7) ‘ The battling element of tonight’s contest suited him perfectly and he got stuck in extremely well.
Will Johnson (8) ‘ Seriously, does this guy’s engine run non-stop? Johnson got himself tirelessly up and down the pitch to help the RSL cause.
Robbie Russell (6) ‘ Put in a solid shift in midfield and did what was asked of him.
Javier Morales (8) ‘ Someone in the RSL blogosphere said Morales needed to prove tonight that he was worth the contract extension he just signed. Umm, yeah, he most certainly did that and then some. The Argentine midfielder scored a fantastic goal, created another and was a sublime playmaker against San Jose. The only thing stopping him from an even higher grade is the fact Kreis opted to sub him with 14 minutes to go.
Clint Mathis (6) ‘ His touch simply wasn’t there, but the veteran did his best to contribute in other ways.
Yura Movsisyan (8) ‘ Did what a quality striker should do ‘ finish chances ‘ and was menacing throughout.

Substitute grades:
Robbie Findley (6) ‘ Probably should’ve scored when Morales’ crossed beautifully to him at the far post in the 71st minute, but his header was parried by Joe Cannon.
Andy Williams (7) ‘ Was industrious and worked hard when he came on for Morales in the 76th minute.
Kenny Deuchar (6) ‘ Should’ve held the ball better in the corner when he had the chance, but Deuchar nonetheless contributed during his time on the pitch.

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

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