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:
Chris Seitz (5) — Penalty kicks are usually no-lose propositions for goalkeepers, but Seitz should’ve kept Donovan’s poorly-taken spot kick out.
Tony Beltran (7) — Enjoyed a solid evening on the right side.
Nat Borchers (6) — Didn’t do too much wrong before leaving in the second half with an injury.
Robbie Russell (6) — Had a header cleared off the line in the first half and was decent in place of Jamison Olave.
Chris Wingert (6) — Provided some dangerous service from the flanks and wasn’t too bad.
Kyle Beckerman (5) — Protected RSL’s backline OK but could’ve been better.
Andy Williams (5) — Struggled to make a substantive impact in his start in place of the suspended Javier Morales.
Will Johnson (4) — Continues to struggle this season, and, while he did convert a penalty, was responsible for both of L.A.’s goals.
Clint Mathis (6) — Continues to be RSL’s best player of the young season, but the early yellow card was needless.
Robbie Findley (6) — Took his goal very well to give RSL the advantage 34 minutes into the game.
Yura Movsisyan (4) — Has really been unlucky not have scored more goals in previous matches, but he had an extremely hard time getting into the game tonight.
Fabian Espindola (6) — Argentinean was decent in his first appearance back with the club.
Davis Horst (6) — For all the harsh criticism he’s received this year, the center back did pretty well after coming on for Borchers.
Ned Grabavoy (5) — Didn’t seem to add a whole when he came on the pitch in the 77th minute.
There you have it, our grades for Wednesday’s game against L.A. But what do you think? Who were we too harsh to? Too kind?