Real vs. San Jose player grades

San Jose Earthquakes 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) – Made a couple of outstanding saves and there was really nothing he could have done on the goal allowed.
Chris Wingert (6) – Was steady, but didn’t seem as involved in sending balls into the middle from the wing as he has done in the past.
Nat Borchers (5) – Was beat far too often in this one for a player that has been the team’s steadiest defender.
Robbie Russell (7) – Was involved in the offense, especially as RSL was pressing to even the score, and played solid defense. It was his long ball up to the front that resulted in the tying score.
Tony Beltran (5) – Turned the ball over on a couple of occasions, and his crosses left something to be desired.
Andy Williams (6) – Played 62 minutes of steady soccer. Had a few good plays and a few bad ones, but was all right in filling in for some starters away with national team duty.
Ned Grabavoy (6) – Badly wanted to beat his old team and his work rate was top notch, but he hesitated on a few shots offensively and couldn’t convert some chances.
Javier Morales (7) – Considering he was a question mark all week because of his ankle, the midfielder’s effort was outstanding and he created some good opportunities.
Clint Mathis (7) – Simply put, Mathis sees the field and is able distribute the ball to openings and with touch like few players in the world can.
Yura Movsisyan (5) – One shot on the night, and it was nowhere near being on target, is less than is expected of speedy forward.
Fabian Espindola (3) – Besides being sent off for a retaliatory red card, his touch was off. He couldn’t finish a one-on-one chance, missed on several crosses, and of his six shots, only one was on goal.

Substitute grades:

Robie Findley (6) – Was active in his first return to the field in almost a month, but overall was a non-factor in the game.
Jamison Olave (6) – Solid in the back as RSL went to a three-man back after going down a goal. Still lacks great ball skills as was obvious in some of his attempts at balls sent in.
Raphael Cox (6) – Was on the field for just a couple of minutes.

There you have it, our grades from the San Jose match, but what do you think?

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