RSL at Houston player grades

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.

Substitute grades:

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?

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