Toronto at RSL player grades

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.

Substitute grades:

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?

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