RSL at Chivas USA player grades

Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA 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 (7) ‘ Was a very busy person throughout the night, and came up with more than his fair share of saves to preserve the draw.
Chris Wingert (7) ‘ He definitely wasn’t asked to do as much offensively tonight, but he was very steady in keeping things under control at left back.
Nat Borchers (8) ‘ Was in a battle for 90 minutes with some big, physical forwards and he won most of those battles.
Jamison Olave (8) ‘ Was committed to every ball he went in for, and paid the price dearly as he was clipped several times by Atiba Harris and Ante Razov.
Robbie Russell (8) ‘ Probably the man of the match according to RSL coach Jason Kreis. Thrust into the starting line-up on short notice, he was a beast defensively and supplied some excellent balls to the midfielders and forwards, earning an assist on Kovalenko’s goal.
Kyle Beckerman (7) ‘ RSL’s holding midfielder got forward when necessary, but for large stretches he sat in, defended and cleaned things up which is exactly what his teammates needed.
Will Johnson (6) ‘ He is obviously very comfortable with his ball at his feet, and is even more comfortable dribbling the ball out of some tight spots. He did that pretty well tonight, but his contributions to the attack were just OK.
Dema Kovalenko (8) ‘ His inclusion into the starting line-up was obviously a defensive move, but who would’ve thought he’d provide so much offense as well. He scored RSL’s first goal, and then supplied the ball to Robbie Findley that ultimately led to the second goal.
Javier Morales (8) ‘ Did some brilliant things on the field, and was an otherwise menace for Chivas. It’s funny though, on the one hand he should be mocked for his breakaway shank, but at the same time his nutmeg goal was ridiculous.
Clint Mathis (7) ‘ His name won’t show up on the scoresheet, but for 72 minutes he worked his tail off all over the pitch. He seemed a little gassed in the final 10 minutes he was on the field.
Yura Movsisyan (7) ‘ His confidence grows with every game, and even though he didn’t score, he’s quickly become one of those unpredictable strikers that defenses aren’t quite sure how to handle. Shavar Thomas sure didn’t know what to do on Saturday.

Substitute grades:

Robbie Findley (7) ‘ He had two opportunities to tack on RSL’s third goal, but was denied spectacularly by Zach Thomas each time. He worked extremely hard, however, to come up with the critical assist on what turned out to be Morales’ series-clinching goal.
Andy Williams (6) ‘ Was only on the field for 11 minutes, but he helped RSL hang on during those final desperate minutes.
Fabian Espindola (5) ‘ Seemed out of sync in the few minutes he was on the field after replacing Morales in the 87th minute.

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

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