RSL at L.A. Galaxy player grades

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.

Substitute grades:

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?

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