Colorado at RSL player grades

Colorado 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 (5) – Only made two saves, but you’ve got to think he should’ve done better on Colorado’s only goal.
Tony Beltran (6) – Did well defensively, and he continues to improve when it comes to going forward.
Nat Borchers (5) – Did well for most of the match, but he probably could’ve been better defensively on Colorado’s lone goal.
Jamison Olave (7) – Did well to break down what few scoring opportunities Colorado created.
Robbie Russell (4) – It’s too bad his two yellow cards sent him to the locker room early, because he actually had a good match and was unlucky not be rewarded with an assist or two on headers Findley failed to put away.
Ned Grabavoy (6) – Combined well with the rest of the midfielders, and helped RSL keep possession for long stretches.
Will Johnson (6) – Played in the middle of the field for the first time this season because of a few suspensions, and he did well for himself. His free kicks were pretty weak though.
Clint Mathis (7) – Was extremely active and his commitment on the ball was a big reason RSL dominated the possession and the scoring opportunities.
Yura Movsisyan (5) – His late goal helped overshadow an awful night in which Movsisyan hit more fans with his shots than he did the target. In the end, his goal was critical for RSL
Fabian Espindola (6) – Was very active up and down the left sideline, helping create some dangerous moments for RSL.
Robbie Findley (5) – Did well to put himself in great scoring positions, but he needs to do better with the two headers he put wide that should’ve easily produced one goal. Let the game in the 76th minute with an ankle injury.

Substitute grades:

Andy Williams (5) – Didn’t seem to contribute a lot to the attack when he came on the field for the final 20 minutes
Luis Miguel Escalada (6) – Was on the field for both goals, but didn’t seem to contribute much either way.
Chris Wingert (6) – Played seven minutes, not really long enough to do much.

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

David Archuleta (10) — Most of the media was doing postgame interviews in the locker room during his concert, but judging by the number of screams we heard it must’ve been an awesome concert.

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