Sebastian Velasquez is not afraid of the ball. He shows a tremendous work rate off the ball and when it's at his feet, he proves very exciting. A single early slide tackle on a breakaway and an errant no look pass in the crowded midfield were the only noticeable deficiencies for the rookie. His best moment was his threatening run in the 59th minute to set up Fabian Espindola's shot that ricocheted off NY keeper Ryan Meara only to be knocked in by Luis Gil. Not a bad second game for the former Jr. College player who had his second MLS start in as many games as an MLS player. Grade: A
Paulo Junior filled in for the injured Alvaro Sabario and tortured the left side with speed, skill and a work rate that won him a couple of deadly crosses. His presence along with Espindola up top made Real's dominance in the midfield that much more potent where he seemed able to spring the trap at will. Grade: A-
Fabian Espindola is back and in the best form of his career. He had the defensive play of the game in the 30th minute, sprinting from box to box to catch up with a breaking away Thierry Henry, slide tackling the ball away just as he was prepping to put it into the back of the net. His own breakaway goal in the 39th minute that put Real up one nil was a thing of patient beauty that showed all the work and maturity Fabian has built up over his years in Salt Lake. Man of the Match. Grade: A
Javier Morales came on in place of Luis Gil in the 62nd minute and immediately had an impact. While the run of play had simmered down by the time he entered, his smooth delivery and incredibly field vision game RSL three solid attacks in just the thirty minutes he was on the field. Unfortunately none were converted. Grade: A
Alvaro Saborio came in at the 62nd minute for Paulo Jr. and while he showed off his ability to play with his back to the goal, he seemed like he was struggling to find his stride. Fans have a reason to be giddy when he does because it could mean one of the strongest front lines in Major League Soccer with a healthy Sabo, Fabi and Jr. Grade: B+
Johnny Steele subbed in for a clearly winded Sebastian Velsaquez and seemed to pick up offensively where Velasquez left off, linking up with Javier Morales a handful of times to threaten New York. He didn't seem quite as anxious to play the kind of defense Velasquez did but that may have been because he didn't have the time in the second half to show it. Grade: B
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