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RSL report card: Defense best phase of the match in Western Semifinal win over Galaxy

Published: Friday, Nov. 8 2013 1:30 a.m. MST

Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler (with tongue out) celebrates his goal in overtime with his teammates during a playoff game at Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday, November 7, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News) Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler (with tongue out) celebrates his goal in overtime with his teammates during a playoff game at Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday, November 7, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Real Salt Lake advances to the MLS Western Conference Finals thanks to a 2-0 win over the L.A. Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium in overtime on Thursday night. This comes after going down 1-0 to the Galaxy at the StubHub Center, which makes RSL's 2-1 aggregate win even more impressive.

RSL played a solid overall game by keeping Landon Donovan and the L.A. offense in check. It looked like a whole different team as RSL wisely went back to the familiar 4-4-2 diamond formation. Also, Sebastain Velasquez stepped up in a big way in his first playoff start as he scored his first professional goal in the 35th minute.

Here's the grades for RSL's 2-0 win over the L.A. Galaxy.

Lafe Peavler is a sportswriter intern at the Deseret News.

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