Real Salt Lake at Houston 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 (8) – Came up with several nice saves, including a penalty save which was probably his easiest save of the night.
Chris Wingert (7) – Did well to contain Houston’s attack up his side of the field.
Nat Borchers (7) – Worked his tail off especially after Olave’s departure, but how did he and his teammates let Ching get so open?
Jamison Olave (3) – Olave played well before the red card, but it is completely overshadowed by forcing his teammates to play shorthanded in that sweltering heat.
Tony Beltran (6) – Did well for himself despite some tough assignments and he perhaps could’ve closed the space down sooner on the cross that led to Ching’s goal.
Kyle Beckerman (6) – A few mis-clearances put RSL in some compromising positions but there was no questioning his effort.
Will Johnson (6) – Not quite as effective as the week before, but active nonetheless.
Javier Morales (7) – Seems to have regained the the passion that’s been lacking earlier this year.
Clint Mathis (7) – Had himself a fairly effective evening before fatigue really set in for the veteran.
Yura Movsisyan (7) – Had some very dangerous moments in the first half, and his clever pass led to RSL’s only goal.
Fabian Espindola (7) – Scored RSL’s only goal, but seemed to be lagging for much of the match.
Robbie Russell (6) – Did well for the most part after entering the match, but he didn’t follow Brian Ching as he made his run that led to the tying goal.
Tino Nunez (6) – Was only on the field for 15 minutes, but his fresh legs didn’t really led to any more possession.
Ned Grabavoy (6) – Played final eight minutes and did decent.
There you have it, our grades from the Houston match, but what do you think?