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Real Salt Lake report card: Defensive line made whole in Wingert's return

Published: Saturday, May 4 2013 11:39 p.m. MDT

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Starters: Chris Wingert, Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran

Saturday's match showed just how much Chris Wingert's presence was missed, particularly on the offensive end. Throughout the game, he gave the team width, sending in numerous crosses and a first-half 30-plus-yard shot that missed 1.5 yards off the top right angle.

The whole back line showed tenacity and energy down the stretch when RSL began to take heavy pressure from Vancouver. Wingert, in particular, put himself in great position to intercept long passes to the corners and cleaned up plenty of messes.

Speaking of cleaning up messes, Nat Borchers. He completely saved Nick Rimando in the 62nd minute when he cleared a partially-blocked Corey Hertzog shot off of Rimando's line.

Both Borchers and Schuler made their presence felt in the air on both ends of the pitch. Virtually every other defensive touch was off one of their heads, and a 39th-minute header from a Morales corner kick nearly got RSL on the board.

Grade: A
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