D.C. United 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) — Could’ve read a book during the second half.
Tony Beltran (6) — Played really quite well before Kreis opted to sub him for Raphael Cox’s offensive threat midway through the second half.
Nat Borchers (6) — Was marking Luciano Emilio when he scored D.C.’s lone goal of the game but otherwise did just fine.
Jamison Olave (8) — Scored RSL’s equalizer with a powerful header and did his usual thing in the back.
Chris Wingert (7) — Got up and down the wing very well, first on the left and then on the right when Cox came on.
Kyle Beckerman (7) — RSL’s captain did a little of everything for his club.
Clint Mathis (4) — After turning in really good performances in Games 1 and 2, Mathis simply seemed off throughout the 74 minutes he was on the pitch.
Will Johnson (7) — Seemed like he was everywhere — what else is new, right? — from start to finish.
Javier Morales (7) — Didn’t have the best first half but took his goal extremely well late on and was outstanding throughout the second half.
Robbie Findley (6) — Actually finished with a pair of assists and put in a good shift.
Yura Movsisyan (5) — Worked pretty hard for his team again but still hasn’t scored this season, something he should’ve done when he drilled his free header right at D.C. ‘keeper Louis Crayton in the second half.

Substitute grades:
Raphael Cox (6) — Service wasn’t very good after his first cross of the game, which was very good, but he looked confident and composed and did what was asked of him.
Ned Grabavoy (5) — It was good to get a fresh pair of legs on in place of Mathis, but Grabavoy didn’t seem to add much.
Andy Williams (6) — No time to really make an impact and therefore gets the default grade.

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

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