Real Salt Lake at L.A. Galaxy 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) – Came up with five saves, several of which were impressive as he earned his third clean sheet.
Chris Wingert (6) – Defended very well, but when he pushed into the attack he had a difficult time serving balls into dangerous areas.
Nat Borchers (8) – Borchers had a dream night, his team earned a shutout and he scored his first career MLS goal.
Jamison Olave (8) – Was his usually beastly self as he stymied L.A. forwards all night.
Tony Beltran (6) – Seemed to struggle a bit early on, but as the game wore on his confidence grew.
Kyle Beckerman (6) – Put together a very workmanlike 90 minutes, but gave the ball away a bit needlessly at times.
Will Johnson (9) – Simply stunning in his new role. He’s no longer just impressing with his incredible work rate, but he’s winning balls and becoming a defensive force in the midfield.
Javier Morales (7) – The week off seemed to do Morales good as he had a bit more bite in his game.
Clint Mathis (8) – The ball he knocked up field that led to Movsisyan’s goal was world class, and he also helped create the second goal with a deflected shot.
Yura Movsisyan (8) – Took once shot, which he buried. Equally impressive was his patience not to force things which he often does.
Fabian Espindola (6) – He made a handful of dangerous runs up the left sideline, but nothing much from his efforts.
Ned Grabavoy (6) – Played the final 11 minutes and helped RSL hold on for the shutout with a man advantage.
Tino Nunez (6) – Played three minutes, not really long enough to do much.
There you have it, our grades from the Los Angeles match, but what do you think?