New England at Real Salt Lake 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) – His first shutout of the season might be his easiest of the year as he only faced two shots on goal all night.
Chris Wingert (7) – Defended well, but was just as impressive supporting the attack by pushing up into what seemed like acres of open real estate.
Nat Borchers (7) – Applied good pressure to New England’s forwards never giving them space to be creative.
Jamison Olave (9) – Defended flawlessly, and scored the game’s first goal on a scintillating header.
Robbie Russell (7) – Had moments where he still seemed to be getting his feet under him, but he was a much more confident player this week pushing into the attack.
Kyle Beckerman (7) – He didn’t end up on the score sheet at all, but he was the link between the backline and RSL’s dominating attacking players.
Will Johnson (7) – Was solid as usual, but on a night when his teammates seemed to be pulling rabbits out of their hats left and right he was good but not great.
Clint Mathis (9) – By far his best game in an RSL uniform with a world class goal and an assist.
Javier Morales (8) – Was active in the midfield, but it was his dangerous corner kicks that led to RSL’s first two goals.
Robbie Findley (7) – Had another solid performance, and capped it off with his team-leading fourth goal in the 89th minute.
Yura Movsisyan (6) – Headed for another discouraging performance, Movsisyan finally scored his first goal of the season in the 70th minute.
Ned Grabavoy (7) – In the 22 minutes he was on the field RSL’s attack was at its best with four goals scored as he finished with one assist.
Luis Miguel Escalada (7) – As impressive as his goal was, his understanding of where to run to when Grabavoy had the ball was just as impressive.
Andy Williams (8) – Who needs to play 90 minutes? In just 16 minutes Williams recorded a goal and an assist.
There you have it, our grades from the New England match, but what do you think?
Note: we don’t usually give a team grade, but it’s safe to say that tonight was a 10 for RSL, a truly once-in-a-lifetime outstanding performance.