Real Salt Lake vs. Herediano report card

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

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Match Info

Real Salt Lake (2-1-1, 7 pts)
Herediano (3-0-1, 10 pts)

Referee: Elmer Bonilla

Score: Real Salt Lake 0, Herediano 0

Goals: Zero

Cards:
Club Time Player Action

HER 28' Carlos Hernandez Foul
HER 89' Leonel Moreira Time
RSL 89' Sebastian Velasquez Foul
HER 92' Cristhian Montero Time

Summary:

Real Salt Lake Herediano

18 Attempts on Goal 6
8 Shots on Target 3
4 Shots off Target 2
6 Blocked Shots 1
11 Corner Kicks 1
18 Fouls 15
26 Open Play Crosses 10
3 Offsides 4
1 First Yellow Cards 3
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
44 Duels Won 44
50% Duels Won % 50%
520 Total Pass 231
83% Passing Accuracy % 68%
69.1% Possession 30.9%

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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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