RSL at San Jose player grade

Real Salt Lake at San Jose 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) – Was definitely the man of the match for RSL with outstanding saves all game, and he was realistically helpless on the two goals.
Chris Wingert (4) – His touch was off, he had some bad giveaways and all in all just didn’t seem as focused as he needed to be.
Nat Borchers (5) – Had a respectable night, but he appeared to be the player closest to the unmarked Cornell Glen on the first goal.
Jamison Olave (6) – Was a beast for most of the game marking Ryan Johnson, which helped make up for a few of the tough giveaways.
Robbie Russell (5) – Had an otherwise decent evening, but on a night when many players were slipping he slipped the most.
Kyle Beckerman (5) – Had a decent work rate in the middle, but like everyone else in the middle his passing could’ve been better.
Will Johnson (4) – Wasn’t very bright for most of the match, which seems to be overshadowing his work ethic lately.
Ned Grabavoy (5) – Was rewarded with a second straight start, and was OK, but like most of the team struggle with keeping possession.
Javier Morales (4) – Despite assisting on Findley’s goal late, he was a big reason why RSL’s possession was so poor all game.
Fabian Espindola (5) – In his first start of the season he was alright, but he didn’t get the type of service he needed.
Luis Miguel Escalada (5) – If he buries his eighth-minute opportunity it’s a completely different game. Unfortunately for RSL, that’s happened a lot this year.

Substitute grades:

Robbie Findley (7) – Did well in the half hour he was on the field scoring his team-leading sixth goal.
Yura Movsisyan (5) – Was unlucky late in the game on a great save by Joe Cannon, but up until that point he lost the ball more than he seemed to create opportunities.
Clint Mathis (6) – It was 2-0 when he came on the field, and his ability to hold the ball helped RSL work itself back in the game in the final 20 minutes.

There you have it, our grades from the San Jose match, but what do you think?

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