Real vs. New York Red Bulls player grades

New York 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) – He wasn’t tested a ton with only one save, but he posted a shutout and controlled the box the way a keeper should.
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 (8) – Was huge in the air as normal, and he never really allowed the Red Bulls attack to get started.
Jamison Olave (8) – The physically gifted Columbian was huge once again. He stopped a shot with his chest that led to the break for RSL’s first goal.
Tony Beltran (7) – His early yellow card was probably the only true negative on an otherwise good night.
Clint Mathis (6) – Of the midfielders, probalby made the least impact. Was not awful, but his coming off for Williams was probably the boost the team needed.
Kyle Beckerman (7) – As a holding midfielder, he never allowed New York to settle down and control possession, exactly what you want out of the position.
Will Johnson (6) – Again a tremendous work rate. He didn’t struggle with turning the ball over like he has been prone to do in some matches, and played solid.
Javier Morales (7) – His on-the-ball magic was back. Anytime he got possession, and that was quite often because he was all over the field, good things happened in the attack.
Yura Movsisyan (5) – Lacked the dangerousness that he has shown in some of the season’s games. His speed and hustle were fine, but was just a little bit off his ‘A’ game.
Fabian Espindola (8) – His goal put away the game for sure, but he was hustling, making good decisions and played one of his better games this season. If only he’d look up on some of his balls to the middle he could add so much more.

Substitute grades:

Andy Williams (9) – From the moment he entered, the team’s attack picked back up. His ball skills are still top-notch, and his left-foot volley finish was outstanding. If anyone deserved something good to happen to him after all he has been through with his wife, it was Williams.
Robbie Findley (7) – Sent in a great ball on the goal, and his runs and speed were a factor for opening things up.
Ned Grabavoy (6) – His eight minutes were really a non-factor in the outcome of the match, but he was on the pitch for the insurance goal.

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

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