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

Club Time Player Action

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


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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