RSL at Seattle player grades

Real Salt Lake at Seattle 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 (4) – He made a few nice saves in the first half after Seattle grabbed the 1-0 lead, but he should never get beat from 25 yards out like he did on Seattle’s second goal.
Chris Wingert (4) – His distribution was often poor like the rest of his teammates, and he gave the ball away carelessly in a few dangerous spots, but was effective for the most part.
Nat Borchers (7) – Was otherwise solid on an otherwise disappointing evening. Even though Seattle’s Nate Jaqua did score a goal capitalizing on a defensive breakdown, Borchers did a good job holding him in check for the most part.
Jamison Olave (6) – Was a physical presence for most of the match, and won most of the balls that came his way. He did have an odd moment in the second half when he stumbled in the box but Seattle’s Sebastien Le Toux failed to finish the fantastic opportunity.
Tony Beltran (3) – Was simply awful in the first 30 minutes, giving the ball too often and getting beat far too easily on the cross that set up the first goal. Confidence seems to be a big issue with him at the moment.
Kyle Beckerman (4) – He failed to connect his passes on countless occasions, which from his spot on the field usually leads to quick counter attacking opportunities.
Will Johnson (4) – His work rate was there as always, but he seemed to struggle with the pace of the ball on the artificial turf, and was rarely ever dangerous in the offensive third.
Clint Mathis (6) – Had a few bright moments, including the through ball to Movsisyan that perhaps should’ve been put away for the equalizer. He also sent in a dangerous ball into the box in the first half.
Javier Morales (4) – His giveaway led to Seattle’s second goal, but even before that moment he played very streaky with a few bright moments and then a lot of not-so bright moments.
Robbie Findley (4) – Used his speed to track down a lot of diagonal balls along the sidelines, but never really did anything dangerous with them, and his first touch still seems to be in preseason form.
Yura Movsisyan (5) – Had two great chances, but couldn’t deliver. His breakaway early in the second half was turned away by Kasey Keller, and then he bounced another great opportunity over the crossbar later in the half.

Substitute grades:

Andy Williams (5) – Inserted into the game to spark an equalizer, Williams played decent after replacing Findley, but RSL still never found the back of the net.
Raphael Cox (7) – Looked pretty decent in the seven minutes he was on the field in his MLS debut
Jean Alexandre (6) – Was only on the field for a few minutes.

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

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