Grahame L. Jones: Watching Real Salt Lake play is a royal treat
"I look at that group and in my first half a year with Real I think we won like four games, lost nine and tied three," Fraser said. "We lost seven in a row when I first got there.
"It's a process, for sure. Look at where they are today. They're fantastic. They're so good in every position and so deep. They've done a great job of putting a team together.
"They're a very good team and they're not where they are in the Champions League because of luck. They deserve to be there. To be quite honest, they're very much in the driver's seat at the moment."
Fraser talked about Real Salt Lake having "a lot of gritty and determined players," but there are also a lot of skilled players, including Argentine midfielder Javier Morales, "one of the best foreigners ever to play in the league," Fraser said.
Add to that the abilities of Kyle Beckerman — who will sit out the crucial game Wednesday because of a suspension — Andy Williams, Fabian Espindola, Will Johnson, Alvaro Saborio, Jamison Olave, Nick Rimando and all the rest, and it is clear why Real Salt Lake is where it is.
It is a team that is a pleasure to watch, not because of what it wins, but because of how it plays, and, really, that is all that matters.
(c) 2011, Los Angeles Times. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
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