FC Dallas at Real 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) ‘ There might not have been much he could have done on the Dallas goal, you can’t really give him a higher grade with that one given up.
Chris Wingert (7) ‘ Besides not allowing anything on his side defensively, he was on the offensive side sending in ball after ball and wreaking havoc. He also got the assist on Johnson’s go-ahead goal.
Jamison Olave (7) ‘ What can you say about the play of the big Columbian? He was strong and solid. He also had a couple of big stops on attempted through-balls that kept RSL from going down two goals in the first half.
Robbie Russell (8) ‘ Coach Kreis singled him out as having an outstanding game after finding out just an hour before the game that he would start in the middle-back.
Ian Joy (7) ‘ He got up on the wing often and created offense while not allowing much from his side on defense.
Dema Kovalenko (6) ‘ This was very nearly a 1 or 2 if he had received a red card after he shoved Marcelo Saragosa in the face, but the referee used his better judgement and issued only a yellow, and to both players, something that turned out positive for RSL when Saragosa got his second yellow only moments later and was sent off.
Kyle Beckerman (7) ‘ His steady influence was all over the field again as he just seemed to be in the right places.
Javier Morales (8) ‘ Javi was in control and nearly demanding the ball on offense to use his creativity, which he did to the tune of two assists.
Will Johnson (8) ‘ Unrelenting running by the iron man once again, and his goal, besides being a thing of individual brilliance, may turn out to be the biggest in franchise history.
Clint Mathis (6) ‘ A younger Mathis may have finished a couple of the chances presented him, but he is what he is and on this night, he was average.
Yura Movsisyan (7) ‘ He has scored in five of the last eight games for the club, and his game-tying goal was huge.

Substitute grades:
Andy Williams (6) ‘ His first time playing in Rio Tinto was just average for him. He wasn’t brilliant, but didn’t make mistakes either.
Robbie Findley (7) ‘ With the history with Dallas, his goal to make it 3-1 was a huge sigh of relief for the club.
Kenny Deuchar (6) ‘ Had little impact on the game in his four minutes or so.

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