Real Salt Lake at San Jose player grades

Real Salt Lake at San Jose 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) – What more needs to be said about the keeper. He had a scare early when he slipped delivering a pass, but another clean sheet and a few nice saves stand out.

Chris Wingert (7) – Wasn’t tested too much at the left back postition, but a shutout still gets a defender an above average grade.

Nat Borchers (5) – By far the shakiest of all RSL players on the night as he was beat a couple of times only to be bailed out by Rimando. He does get bonus points, however, for being tough as nails as he didn’t make a peep getting stitched up (three stitches) in the locker room after getting a nasty gash on his head.

Jamison Olave (8) – A big, physical presence in the back once again. Kreis singled out his sliding stop early in the first half as one of the keys to the game.

Robbie Russell (7) – Solid performance again. Gets above average grade simply for helping post a shutout.

Ned Grabavoy (6) – Kreis felt he had a great contribution and that big things are ahead of him after an impressive offseason.

Kyle Beckerman (7) – As a holding midfielder, he never allowed San Jose to settle down and control possession, exactly what you want out of the position.

Will Johnson (6) – Always a work horse and opener was no exception. He didn’t really stand out, which can be both good or bad depending on how you look at it.

Javier Morales (9) – Two world-class strikes that doubled his goal-scoring output from a year ago. He also set up the other goal, although he wasn’t officially credited with the assist.

Robbie Findley (6) – After the way he finished last season and then getting time with the National Team in the offseason, I kind of expected more. He wasn’t awful by any means, but was not the best forward out there for RSL on this night.

Fabian Espindola (8) – His goal was outstanding, but so was the rest of his game. He looked dangerous and his work rate was impressive.

Substitute grades:

Andy Williams (6) – Again, perhaps it is carry over from the boosts he gave last year, but Williams was unspectacular in his 26 minutes. Not bad, but not great either.

Rauwshan McKenzie (6) – Maybe deserves even lower, but again, I have to say it – shutout. How can you give someone much worse than average?

Alvaro Saborio (6) – 26 minutes was not a lot of time to evaluate the new signee, but he had a couple of plays that impressed. He should have had his first assist, but Findley missed the chance.

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

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