Real vs. Columbus player grades

Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus 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 (5) – Maybe it wasn’t his fault, but he made a mistake on the Columbus’ goal. He expected a player to get a head on the ball, and when he missed it hit him in the leg and went right to Jason Garey.
Chris Wingert (6) – His crosses could have been more on target, but overall he did a good job defending and pushing up the wing on offense.
Nat Borchers (7) – He pushed up from the back to really make life miserable for the reigning league MVP, Schelloto when he came back to get the ball. He hounded him all night and was tough in the air.
Jamison Olave (6) – Overall another solid, physical game. He gave up a couple of corner kicks when he probably cold have cleared the ball or his grade would have been higher.
Tony Beltran (5) – The most positive thing was he was better in his second start of the year, but he still got beat up the sideline a couple of times and his offensive touches were only OK.
Kyle Beckerman (7) – He was solid in defending, connected on his passes, and he scored — on a header on a corner no less.
Will Johnson (6) – He is probably still running right now. This guy just never stops. He was more involved offensively as well.
Clint Mathis (7) – Kreis is always happy with his on-the-ball game, and his two assists are evidence he did that well. But he did his defensive assignments as well against the Crew.
Javier Morales (6) – Brilliant touch as usual, a few nice passes, but he has set the standard so high that it is tough to call this game anything but average for him.
Robbie Findley (8) – What else needs to be said besides: HAT TRICK!
Yura Movsisyan (6) – Probably unlucky to not come away with a goal, he had an assist, and did a good job holding the ball up top. Still needed to finish a couple of chances.

Substitute grades:

Andy Williams (6) – His 21 minutes were pretty uneventful, especially considering the game was already put away at 4-1.
Ned Grabavoy (6) – 15 minutes of action for his RSL debut. He nearly had an assist, but otherwise uneventful.
Jean Alexandre (6) – Was only on the field for a few minutes. Not enough time for a real impression.

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

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