Kyle Beckerman showed "a complete lack of discipline," said Jason Kreis when asked about his ejection in the 11th minute. Kyle's passion is one of his greatest assets but Wednesday night he let it get the better of him and charged Chicago midfielder Daniel Paladini to the ground after Paladini shoved him from behind. "When this group doesn't have it's back against the wall they seem to relax," Kreis said referring to the constricting affect of Kyle's red card on the team. Kreis told the media Kyle made no excuses to him and took full responsibility for his actions and the results of the game. Regardless, this is not the time for their captain to lose his cool on what should have been a resurgent RSL team aiming for home field in the playoffs. Grade: F
Luis Gil was pulled in the 14th minute to make way for defensive midfielder Yordany Alvarez to fill in for the missing Beckerman. He saw too little time for a grade. Grade: Incomplete
Will Johnson was the canary in the coal mine for Real Salt Lake Wednesday night, showing most clearly that a sense of tenseness had overtaken the entire team. The drive and effort Real fans have come to expect from the feisty Canadian were there, but as soon as Real were down to 10 men he slipped past the point of diminishing returns and made a number of uncharacteristic passing mistakes in addition to overrunning defenders on and off the ball, especially near the end of the game when he was clearly playing on fumes. Grade: B
Fabian Espindola had fans wondering if he might not be the second Real player to be shown the exit when he contributed to the chippiness of the first half by engaging Chicago defender Dan Gargan in a shoving match. Somewhat surprisingly Fabian not only settled down but turned out to be one of the calmer influences on the team the rest of the game, going about his business winning balls down the left side and even creating a couple of decent scoring chances, one on his own and another to his striking companion Alvaro Saborio. Unfortunately there just wasn't enough substance on the field behind him to create many more opportunities or Real might have made Wednesday night more of a match. Grade: B+
Alvaro Saborio missed his best opportunity of the first half in the 28th minute with a slow second touch in front of an empty goal that allowed chicago's defense to close quickly enough to throw off his shot which went wide left. To his credit, Saborio found a couple more chances with the help of the likes of Andy Williams and Fabian Espindola to challenge the Chicago defense but the lack of solid support meant these were fewer than usual and less often than needed. Grade: B+
Yordany Alvarez struggled to establish the kind of player he wanted to be Wednesday night. Showing composure when he had the ball but playing too soft defensively to keep Chicago from dominating the mid and final third of the field. Jason Kreis pointed out specifically to the press how Alvarez left his position to cheat into the passing lane rather than falling back to a preventative position, leaving Pappa too much space and Nat Borchers too little time to transition over and make the play that might have stopped the second goal. Grade: C+
Chris Schuler seemed to bring a sense of stability to the left side when he was subbed in for Robbie Russel at half-time. Unfortunately for Real, it proved to be a false sense of stability as he lost his footing after leaning too much into his mark in the 75th minute to allow who else, Marco Pappa, to gallop down the right sideline and chip the ball over Nick Rimando for an unassisted third goal to complete his hat trick. Grade: C
Javier Morales was called onto the pitch in the 60th minute to replace Chris Wingert. He went on to a standing ovation and roaring packed crowd who'd come to cheer their superstar back to the game. His first touch was a free kick that went dangerously into the box for a near header goal by Fabian Espindola. He was admittedly rusty and a little timid on defensive challenges during the final 30 minutes but there were moments - a fake here, a free kick there - that reminded us of the impact he can have on a game and on this team. Grade: B
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