New York at RSL 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) ‘ Maybe should’ve gotten something on the initial header by Seth Stammler that eventually led to New York’s goal, but he did make several outstanding saves in the first half.
Chris Wingert (6) ‘ Tried to get up and down the wing as much as he could but didn’t add much to the attack until the second half.
Nat Borhers (7) ‘ Was solid and composed at the back for Salt Lake and kept Juan Pablo Angel quiet throughout.
Jamison Olave (6) ‘ Didn’t make any mistakes and took care of business at the back.
Ian Joy (6) ‘ Did what was asked of him before being subbed late as RSL pushed men forward.
Robbie Russell (5) ‘ Struggled to cope in the middle before being taken off at halftime.
Kyle Beckerman (6) ‘ Plodded along as he usually does and tried to involve himself as much as possible.
Javier Morales (6) ‘ Became RSL’s all-time assists leader tonight and, like many others in red, was better in the second half.
Will Johnson (6) ‘ Was his usual cover-tons-and-tons-of-groud self.
Clint Mathis (4) ‘ Cleetus simply hasn’t gotten going since rejoining RSL, and he struggled again against New York.
Yura Movsisyan (5) ‘ He only had one real chance all night, but while his effort from a 1v1 situation beat the ‘keeper, it was cleared off the line.

Substitute grades:
Robbie Findley (5) ‘ To be fair, he didn’t get a whole lot of service, but the speedy forward couldn’t help deliver a goal during his time on the pitch.
Dema Kovalenko (6) ‘ Not a whole lot of time for Dema to make a big impact in his return from injury.
Kenny Deuchar (6) ‘ Only had a few minutes on the pitch during stoppage time.

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

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