Real vs. FC Dallas player grades

FC Dallas 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 (8) – Didn’t budge on Dallas’ first goal, but his save on Jeff Cunningham’s penalty kick, along with a couple in the first half, were world class.
Chris Wingert (6) – The handball called against him was harsh, to say the least, otherwise had a steady night.
Nat Borchers (5) – Not sure what he was doing on Cunningham’s goal, and was turned around on second tally, although, probably not his fault as he was outnumbered.
Robbie Russell (6) – Played only 10 minutes before exiting with a torn hip-flexor.
Jamison Olave (6) – Was solid, but it is hard to give any member of the defense a grade over average after giving up two goals to Dallas.
Will Johnson (6) – He made good plays later in the game to make up for his gaffe on the first goal to give him an average game.
Ned Grabavoy (4) – Probably his worst outing in an RSL uniform. He had turnovers and did not pass the ball well. Was taken off at the half and the team immediately played better.
Javier Morales (7) – Assisted the first goal, made his normal brilliant passes and had a free kick that was an inch off as it hit the upper “V.”
Clint Mathis (5) – He has definitely played better games. He may be a victim here of simply raising the bar too high, so a so-so night like this one looks worse than it actually is.
Robbie Findley (7) – His run earned the penalty kick that he took and finished, and he made several other runs that disrupted the Dallas defense.
Fabian Espindola (5) – Yes, it was his cross toward the box that ended up in the net for the go-ahead goal, but his touch was missing on a few balls, and his pouting in the opening half was really not a good thing.

Substitute grades:

Tony Beltran (6) – Was a positive in the lineup, especially considering he had to enter just 10 minutes in and played 80+ minutes after being on the bench at the start.
Yura Movsisyan (8) – His entrance caused immediate problems for Dallas and an immediate spark for Real. He scored twice, ran hard and was probably the best player on the field all second half.
Andy Williams (6) – Was on the field for just a couple of minutes, but got a rousing ovation from the crowd after coming back from being with his ill wife.

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

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