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RSL 1, New York 0 – Player Ratings

Posted on 06 September 2010 by Patrick McShane

Real Salt Lake player ratings on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being best:

Rimando: 6.5 – With the shutout, Nick now leads MLS with 11 on the season. That said, without stellar goal-line clearances by Beckerman & Williams as well as Borchers and Wingert making last-second blocks, things could have been far worse for RSL and Rimando.

Russell: 7 – “Mr. Consistent” all season long. Russell wasn’t challenged too often as Angel & Henry played straight down the middle and Lindpere didn’t create much on the left.

Borchers: 7.5 – It felt like Borchers was making a late block every couple of minutes throughout the second half. Defensively, Borchers is as solid as they come. Offensively, my criticism remains as his size and build should allow him to get more goals on corners – as he missed two open changes right in front of goal.

Olave: 6 – Olave will definitely be missed next week against Seattle for a questionable yellow card received at the end of the first half for a collision with Sutton. He did just enough to neutralize Henry & Angel, thought he also took a number of risks and was almost punished for it.

Wingert: 7.5 – Wingert stepped up to the plate defensively and didn’t back down all evening, often withdrawing on offense to help out in the box.

Morales: 7 – Another MVP type performance from Morales as he combined with Williams for much of the creative attacking opportunities.

Grabavoy: 6 – Made up for the loss of Johnson with a non-stop motor and box-to-box defense. His focus on staying back allowed Beckerman to be more creative, leading to the opening goal.

Williams: 8 – Easily the man of the match as he continually set up opportunities for RSL’s strikers and was also willing to take chances at goal meaning the Red Bulls had to mark him closely.

Beckerman: 7 – Sometimes I forget that Beckerman is still battling through pain from his foot injury as he is fearless and vital to everything that RSL does. His casual chip over the top to set up Espíndola was fantastic and his intensity often sets the tone for the entire team.

Findley: 4 – I just don’t know what’s going on with Robbie as he again blew and open opportunity and completely disappeared for stretches throughout the match. I fear that if he doesn’t have a breakthrough performance soon his confidence may be lost for the rest of the season.

Espíndola: 7.5 – Espy was a man possessed all night with terrific energy and fight. RSL had better hope that Saborio is able to contribute Thursday after returning from international duty as the loss of Espy to a hamstring injury could have a huge impact on RSL’s late season run.

Gonzalez: 6 – It was entertaining to see Nelson in a striking role as he adds a nice compliment of creativity and aggression that is missing from some of the other RSL players. With him finally being healthy I can see Kreis trying to find ways to get Nelson on the pitch in a variety of roles.

Campos: 5 –Pablo is quickly becoming the enigma of the team as I’m just not sure where he fits with everyone else. He’s not terrible and doesn’t do a lot to stand out for the wrong reasons, I just don’t think his style of play fits with the way the midfield distributes through the middle of the pitch.

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