Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA 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:
Chris Seitz (8) – Came up big all night when he needed to, and a deflection on Chivas’ only goal prevented him from having any hope of making a save.
Chris Wingert (6) – Was asked to focus almost exclusively on defense, and did well, but coach Jason Kreis couldn’t help but wonder how the cross that led to the goal was so easily delivered from an area of the field Wingert was responsible for.
Nat Borchers (6) – Would’ve never known he was playing on a sprained ankled judging by his solid performance.
Jamison Olave (6) – Was a bruising presence at the back for RSL, but he lost his cool on more than one occasion.
Robbie Russell (5) – On a night when RSL wanted to play conservatively, he coughed it up needlessly a few too many times.
Kyle Beckerman (5) – His poor clearance spoiled what was on otherwise a decent evening.
Will Johnson (5) – He continues to struggle with a heavy first touch, which at times cost RSL possession in the midfield.
Raphael Cox (6) – Was active in his first start, and his first touch was solid. As his confidence grows he should contribute more to the attack than he did against Chivas.
Clint Mathis (6) – Playing a deeper midfield position than normal, he linked up well with his teammates on the attack.
Javier Morales (6) – Played much better than at Colorado, and was perhaps unlucky not to put away RSL’s best scoring chance in the 64th minute.
Yura Movsisyan (4) – Playing as a lone striker, his main task was to hold the ball up for his teammates and maintain possession. He did a decent job of that, but his poor first touch on several occasions ruined a potential scoring opportunity.
Robbie Findley (6) – Provided an immediate spark upon entering the game in the 67th minute as RSL reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.
Fabian Espindola (7) – Was only on the field for 15 minutes but was probably RSL’s most dangerous attacking player during that stretch.
Andy Williams (5) – During the waning minutes when possession was so critical for RSL, he gave the ball away a bit too easily.
There you have it, our grades from the Chivas match, but what do you think?