Chivas USA at RSL player grades

Chivas USA 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) ‘ Had very little to do for 90 minutes.
Chris Wingert (7) ‘ Did his usual thing of bombing up and down the wing for RSL.
Nat Borchers (8) ‘ Very solid and composed performance to keep Razov and Braun quiet.
Jamison Olave (8) ‘ The Columbian matched Braun physically stride for stride, as one might expect, but more impressively, he did it without ever diving in unnecessarily.
Ian Joy (5) ‘ Wasn’t bad at all, but he did give the ball away on a couple of occasions and misjudged a few balls in the air.
Andy Williams (6) ‘ Helped spur RSL’s attack at the start of each half.
Kyle Beckerman (7) ‘ Was solid all over the middle of the park.
Javier Morales (7) ‘ Was his usual playmaking self and took advantage when Paulo Nagamura fell asleep to create Movsisyan’s goal.
Will Johnson (6) ‘ Worked and worked and worked for the RSL cause.
Clint Mathis (6) ‘ Continues to contribute on the field, even if he hasn’t scored yet.
Yura Movsisyan (7) ‘ The king of drama delivered yet again for Salt Lake.

Substitute grades:
Robbie Russell (7) ‘ Added another dimension for RSL down the right-hand side as soon as he got on the pitch.
Robbie Findley (6) ‘ Didn’t have many chances to run at people but played pretty well nonetheless.
Fabian Espindola (6) ‘ Gets a default grade because he didn’t have a lot of time to make a big impact ‘ one way or the other ‘ in his return from injury.

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

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