RSL at New York player grades

Real Salt Lake at New York 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) – Came up with several clutch saves in the first half that kept the scoreline at 1-0, but he might’ve been able to save New York’s second goal.
Chris Wingert (5) – Was a busy, busy player chasing Dane Richards around the field, and for the most part he did a decent job keeping RSL in the game after the rough start.
Nat Borchers (5) – Was solid for the most part, but he stabbed in on Kandji on the sequence that led to New York’s insurance goal.
David Horst (4) – His mistake in the second minute was extremely costly, and he struggled throughout the match to hang with Juan Pablo Angel in the air. Most defenders struggle against Angel, however.
Robbie Russell (4) – In his first game, he looked like a player playing his first game. His touch was off, and he wasn’t a factor at all pushing up into the attack.
Kyle Beckerman (5) – Seemed a step close defensively throughout most of the game, and never really contributed much to the attack either.
Will Johnson (5) – Was his usual active self, but most of what he did was just a bit off all game.
Clint Mathis (5) – Did a decent job staying active, but didn’t play particularly well for a second straight game.
Javier Morales (6) – Was probably RSL’s best player on the night creating several good attacking moments for his teammates.
Robbie Findley (5) – His speed put himself in good spots throughout the match but nothing productive came from it.
Yura Movsisyan (5) – Was unlucky not to score on a few occasions, and RSL’s leading scorer from a year ago is still scoreless four games in.

Substitute grades:

Luis Miguel Escalada (5) – Played 25 minutes in his RSL debut, but didn’t add much to the attack like the coaching staff was hoping for.
Andy Williams (6) – Did a handful of good and bad things in the short time he was on the field.
Ned Grabavoy (6) – Only played eight minutes and had very few touches on the ball.

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

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