Houston at RSL player grades

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.

Substitute grades:

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?

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