Real Salt Lake at New England player grades

Real Salt Lake at New England 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) ‘ There wasn’t much he could do on New England’s first goal, but he seemed to react extremely slow on the Revs’ second goal.
Chris Wingert (6) ‘ Was solid throughout the match, and was there to provide cover for Andy Williams when he was beat down the wings.
Nat Borchers (5) ‘ When you’re a defender all it takes is one mistake to a ruin a bad game. Borchers had one of the those moments when he was handcuffed on a cross in the 78th minute that Steve Ralston pounced on for New England’s first goal. He redeemed himself by clearing a goal off the line in stoppage time.
Robbie Russell (6) ‘ A week after starting as an outside midfielder, he showed fantastic versatility starting at center back in place of the suspended Jamison Olave.
Ian Joy (5) ‘ Played an OK match, but got caught out of position on several occasions.
Kyle Beckerman (6) ‘ He was effective disrupting New England’s attack in the first half, as well as helping RSL keep the ball for long stretches. He seemed to tire in the second half and could’ve been sharper on the sequence that led to Taylor Twellman’s tying goal.
Andy Williams (6) ‘ Seemed to struggle defensively early when the Revs’ Khano Smith was running at him, but he managed to hold his own offensively and then had a scintillating finish in the second half to ice RSL’s third road win of the year. He foolishly picked up a red card in second half stoppage time meaning he’ll miss the debut match at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Will Johnson (6) ‘ Wasn’t involved in the attack as much as RSL would’ve liked, but he was very disruptive defensively breaking up several New England scoring chances in the final half hour.
Javier Morales (8) ‘ His team-leading sixth goal was a very opportunistic finish, but one that took a ton of skill to get it over Michael Parkhurst’s head. He was active helping RSL move the ball around in the first half, and his clever pass to Andy Williams led to another goal in the second half.
Clint Mathis (7) ‘ Was very active for the 65 minutes he was on the pitch. It didn’t lead to a goal, but he helped RSL maintain possession for long stretches in the first half and he did a good job pressuring New England’s backline.
Yura Movsisyan (5) ‘ One of the hottest strikers in MLS, Movsisyan was neutralized quite easily by New England’s defense.

Substitute grades:

Robbie Findley (7) ‘ His speed brought an offensive spark to the match, and he was extremely unlucky not to score when New England’s keeper made a fantastic diving save to deny Findley. He also created a golden opportunity for Kenny Deuchar that wasn’t finished either.
Kenny Deuchar (2) ‘ Dr. Goals needs to change his name. Ten seconds after entering the match in the 84th minute Deuchar had one of those moments strikers dream about, a 1v1 moment with the keeper, and he absolutely wasted it. Six minutes later, Findley set him up beautifully but Deuchar put it inches wide on what should’ve been another clinical finish.
Tony Beltran (6) ‘ Was on the field for less than 60 seconds.

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

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