Houston 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) – Even though he didn’t have to make a single save, he helped organize the defense that kept the clean sheet.
Robbie Russell (6) – Did well in his first game back after an injury, though he tired out late as expected.
Nat Borchers (8) – Was mentally focused in the entire match and provide excellent cover for his teammates when necessary.
Jamison Olave (7) – Was a physical presence that frustrated Brian Ching all night.
Tony Beltran (6) – Pushed up into the attack more than normal, and was also more aggressive defensively than normal.
Kyle Beckerman (6) – Solid defensively, but could’ve done better with helping RSL maintain possession especially in the opening 30 minutes.
Will Johnson (6) – Worked hard as always, but maintaining possession wasn’t a strong suite.
Javier Morales (5) – Had some bright moments, but he and the forward didn’t seem to be on the same page quite a bit tonight.
Clint Mathis (2) – Mental lapse probably cost his team three points, but even before that he was getting way too worked up about the officiating.
Robbie Findley (6) – Findley put himself in good spots all night but he just lacked that necessary finishing touch.
Fabian Espindola (6) – Perhaps his best game since rejoining Real Salt Lake, he got around Houston’s backline into dangerous spots on several occassions.
Yura Movsisyan (4) – Had very few touches in his 25 minutes, and still seemed to be favoring his sore shoulder.
Chris Wingert (6) – Was only on the field for seven minutes.
Pablo Camps (6) – Was only on the field for four minutes.
There you have it, our grades from the Houston match, but what do you think?