Real Salt Lake Player Ratings


Our first ever attempt at Player Ratings for a RSL side came on a night when they had 65.2% of possession and struggled to find uses for it. The good news is that the arrival of two debutants in the back row heralded a clean sheet. The frustration was the inability to make the most of San Jose slipping up against a Seattle side low on confidence and 0n the night fairly low on ambition.

Nick Rimando – made a great leap in 24 to deny a goal scoring opportunity, his first serious action. Smart one handed catch followed by good distribution later on, was his only first half contribution. No serious threat on his goal, but with two new defenders in front of him, a good clean sheet. 6.5/10

Kenny Mansally – the new arrival was one of two debutants, replacing Tony Beltran, He made a good confident forward run and looked to be keen to distribute cleverly up the line. On first evidence, a good new signing for the club on a promising debut.  (off in 79′) 7/10

Kwame Watson-Siriboe  – The former Rowdie and Fire defender showed good self confidence for a debutant beating Rosales and having a shot on a foray. He later delivered a great ball to Espindola. KWS provided a creative option from CB where there was little to be done defensively given the lack of Sounders possession. He is still 4th in the depth chart once Jamison Olave and Chris Schuler are fit but may well be the best 4th choice CB in the league on this outing. 6/5/10

Nat Borchers  – A quiet first half due to lack of Sounders pressure. Borchers shepherded Johnson well when he perked up. A reliable showing. 6.5/10

Chris Wingert – also a quiet first half due to lack of Sounders significant possession. Wingert will have busier nights but takes credit too for the clean sheet. 6.5/10

Will Johnson  – he delivered a great ball which deserved better than Espindola could manage and worked hard throughout without making a heavy impact up front. Sounders cluttered the midfield far better in the second half, meaning the wily Canadian had far less space to scheme. 6/10

Kyle Beckerman – Returned to his orchestrator role, made a monkey of Fernandez early. He did though make a wrong call to pass instead of shoot in the opening minutes of the second and then executed it wrongly overweighting the pass.  He found it harder along with the others to create in the second half but never quit.

Javier Morales – quiet first half. Made a hash of a training ground move from a free kick. Not a wonderful outing although he did strive to force himself into the game more after the interval. 6/10

Luis Gil – Despite a few wayward passes early, Gil made himself available to receive possession at every opportunity. He kept the team flowing for an hour and has a good chemistry with Beckerman. His hard work forced the corner which Saborio headed wide in the 22nd minute, one of many tails of the front two not capitlalising on the hard work of those behind them. Nice one touch passing often centred around him. RSL were less threatening after he left the field. After the match, his coach said there is better to come. That augurs well for this side. (off in 62′) 7/10

Fabian Espindola – not giving up is the trademark of one of the best post up forwards in the league. He tackles back too and does not waste time getting back on side, thus blunting the edge from any quick turnovers. He linked well with Mansally.

Two good debuts for defensive debutants including Watson-Siriboe

A beter start to the second half saw him trouble the right back Scott. He had one decent effort he which created himself, It was symbolic of a disjointed second half that Sounders increasingly isolated him and Espindola himself made some but choices in those rarer moments when he had the ball. With some better choices,he could have created a goal. 7/10

Alvaro Saborio – He put an early header over when Parke didn’t jump on 16 and should have hit the frame at least to test the returning Meredith. He often caught offside once of which cost him a goal and was too often slow gettting back and remaining offside. Saborio had a poor outing and no-one had better cause to hear that coach Kreis is unlikely to add players than him.  5.5/10

Ned Grabavoy (on in 62) – Grabavoy entered during Sounders best spell and found it hard to make an impact. By the time he came on, Seattle had strangled the midfield. He provided hard work when the match  needed wayward genius. 6/10

Jonny Steele (on in 79′) – He worked hard in a short time but was never going to provide fireworks for this or any other July holiday. 6/10

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