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Real Salt Lake vs. Herediano report card

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24 2012 9:34 a.m. MDT

The way Real Salt Lake played Tuesday night in the final game of group play, and the one that would decide whether they would stay on the road to a shot at CCL redemption, should have seen them net a 5-0 score against Costa Rican champ's CS Herediano. But Tuesday was not Salt Lake's night.

They had plenty of chances but couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. Herediano goalie Leo Moreira played out of his mind, with seven saves in the first half alone and ten for the game to earn the visitors a draw.

Tuesday's game knocks RSL out of CCL tournament competition and turns their full attention to the upcoming final game of the MLS season against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night, and the possibility of earning the second seed in the west.

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Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Your grades are a bit too high. Giving everybody except Schuler and Gil an A means that everybody besides those two was perfect. So you're saying 9 of the 11 players on the field couldn't have played any better, even though it was a 0-0 draw with an overmatched opponent? That sure doesn't give us much hope for the playoffs, does it?

Or think of it this way: RSL took a ton of shots (16) and scored zero goals, and yet you still gave the strikers an A and an A-. Giving them those grades based on things like possession, work rate, linking with the midfield, and other soccer media buzzwords shows that you're overthinking this a bit. Those are nice things, but at the end of the day strikers are there to score goals. Neither of them did that. Espindola deserves a B, Paulo a C+.

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