Chicago at RSL player grades

Chicago 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 four saves, including a pair of diving saves in the second half that kept the game level.
Chris Wingert (7) – Had a good work rate up and down the field and also sent in some dangerous balls into the box.
Nat Borchers (6) – Had an all-around solid night, but there were a few scary moments in the first half.
Jamison Olave (8) – Was a beast defensively, and his finish on the game’s only goal made him look like a seasoned striker.
Tony Beltran (4) – Gave the ball away far too often in the first half, and even though Chicago failed to capitalize his defending needed to be sharper.
Clint Mathis (6) – Was only the field for nine minutes, not really long enough to make much of an impact.
Andy Williams (6) – Was really a tale of two halves. He struggled to put his stamp on the midfield in the first half, but in the second half he was much more creative and set up RSL’s goal with a wonderful ball.
Will Johnson (5) – Was a relentless tackler in the midfield, but possession as a whole wasn’t good in the midfield.
Robbie Findley (5) – Never seemed to be comfortable, often hesitating to make runs upfield when the space was there.
Pablo Campos (4) – Had a golden opportunity to put RSL ahead in the opening minute, but from that point on he was a virtual nonfactor before being replaced at halftime.
Fabian Espindola (6) – Had a good work rate, but the quality of his crosses could’ve been better.

Substitute grades:

Jean Alexandre (4) – Wasn’t put in an ideal situation entering the game in the ninth minute, and even though he defended well he didn’t contribute much at all to RSL’s possession or the attack.
Yura Movsisyan (6) – Was an immediate upgrade to Campos upon entering the game at halftime, and nearly produced the winner when he banged a 90th-minute shot off the post.
Javier Morales (6) – Played through the pain of his ankle sprain for the final 28 minutes and helped RSL salvage a point.

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

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