RSL at Colorado player grades

Real Salt Lake at Colorado 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 (8) ‘ RSL could’ve easily been down 3-0 or 4-0 before Movsisyan ever scored his 90th minute goal. Rimando kept it a one goal game with several spectacular saves throughout the game.
Chris Wingert (6) ‘ He sent in several dangerous balls into the box, including the wonderful swerving ball that led to Mathis’ header off the post.
Nat Borchers (6) ‘ It wasn’t his best match, as Colorado’s slippery attackers got by him a few times and tested Rimando, but he won a lot of balls in the air to keep the match close.
Jamison Olave (6) ‘ Lost his mark on Colorado’s only goal, but found a way to get the job done defensively the rest of the match.
Ian Joy (5) ‘ Like the midfielder in front of him, Joy struggled all game slowing down Colorado’s attack up the right flank.
Dema Kovalenko (4) ‘ Was sitting back too deep in the midfield, which prevented RSL from possessing the ball much in the first half.
Kyle Beckerman (4) ‘ It wasn’t the greatest of homecomings for Beckerman, who gave the ball away far too easily in the midfield.
Will Johnson (4) ‘ Did Johnson touch the ball in the first half? He wasn’t involved in the attack much at all, and he had his hands full all game with Nick LaBrocca. He gave the ball away a lot in the midfield.
Javier Morales (3) ‘ Wasn’t good at all. Virtually non-existent at times. Colorado was committed to taking him out of the match, and Morales just never adjusted.
Clint Mathis (5) ‘ Wasn’t bad, wasn’t good. Everything could’ve changed, however, if his late first half header had found the back of the net.
Yura Movsisyan (7) ‘ Movsisyan was one of the few bright spots offensively. He put forth a solid 90-minute effort and was rewarded with the late goal.

Substitute grades:

Andy Williams (7) ‘ Was on the field for about 35 minutes, but they were pretty productive. He helped RSL settle down and be more competitive in the midfield, and his shot forced the save that led to the tying goal.
Robbie Russell (7) ‘ Deserves to be in the starting line-up in the playoffs with his performance. He had one of the unofficial assists on RSL’s goal, and brings a much more athletic, offensive minded presence to the pitch.
Robbie Findley (5) ‘ Had some decent possession in some dangerous areas after entering the match in the 72nd minute, but wasn’t tremendously effective playing out wide in the 3-5-2 formation when he entered the game.

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

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