Filling in for carded Will Johnson, Grabavoy was almost non-existent during the first 20 minutes of the game, when he finally woke up and won a nice ball through pressure that ended up creating one of Real’s first threatening drives. Even at that, his passing seemed rushed when he wasn’t holding the ball too long. He was much stronger the second half, settling into his roving midfield role and playing terrific midfield defense. Grade B-
It might have been the cold. Might have been Colorado’s stingy defense Nah. Sabo missed too many lightly contested chances due to a poor first touch. With Alvarez and Paulo Jr. playing well and waiting in the wings, Kreis needs to see more from the big Costa Rican if he plans to keep his starting job. Grade: C-
He tracked down every lose ball within 15 feet of him. He tormented Colorado with his pesky defense in their backfield and creative runs to goal. He won the game. What else can be said? Man of the match. Grade: A
Jason Kreis might have done better to put the Brazilian speedster in earlier with Saborio off his game. It took him 15 minutes to get into the funky rhythm of this game and by the time he was making a difference the game was over. Grade: B+
Chris Higbee is the Product Director for DeseretNews.com and a soccer fan for life. He can be found @chigbee on Twitter.
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