Toronto FC 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 (7) – Only had to make two saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season.
Chris Wingert (7) – Seemed to be more active than normal, a sign his confidence is growing in the 4-3-3 formation.
Nat Borchers (7) – Set the tone early with a hard challenge on Chad Barrett, and was solid from start to finish.
Robbie Russell (7) – Was solid in his first start since receiving the red card against Colorado a few weeks back.
Tony Beltran (7) – Quietly had a nice evening. It wasn’t anything flashy but he always seemed to be in the right spot at the right time.
Kyle Beckerman (7) – In his Gold Cup farwell, Beckerman was active and finished with a goal. It could’ve easily been two goals though.
Ned Grabavoy (8) – Had a very good game at holding midfield, something RSL will need in the coming weeks with Will Johnson and Beckerman away at the Gold Cup.
Javier Morales (7) – Continues to rediscover his creative spark finishing with an assist in addition to creating several other opportunities.
Clint Mathis (8) – The man of the match finished with a goal and an assist and always seemed to be in the attacking mix.
Yura Movsisyan (7) – Opportunitistic finish put RSL ahead early, and his speed really gave Toronto’s slow center backs fits all night.
Fabian Espindola (5) – Was active, and sent a few nice crosses into the box, but he seemed to hang his head the final half hour after he failed to put away what should’ve been a routine header on a corner kick.
Andy Williams (7) – Replaced the injured Morales in the 75th minute and was very active during his time on the field.
Ian Joy (6) – Played the final seven minutes in his first appearance of the season.
Tino Nunez (6) – Was on the field for less than a minute.
There you have it, our grades from the Toronto match, but what do you think?