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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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Nick Rimando was seriously tested only once in the match -- the aforementioned shot by Corey Hertzog -- and he passed, thanks to Borchers. In the two instances, including Hertzog's effort, where Rimando was forced to make a play, he did so in a somewhat awkward fashion. Fortunately, his back line was there to make up for any miscue.

Rimando was credited with an assist on Luis Gil's 47th minute goal. His long pass to Joao Plata up the right side allowed Joao to get behind the defensive line, place a perfectly weighted ball on Gil's forehead and begin celebrating.

"He's done it multiple times," Chris Wingert said. "I can't imagine any other goalie doing that multiple times in their career. I can't imagine that anybody is even close to as good with their feet as Nick is. It's incredible."

That said, Rimando was mostly uninvolved in this game. Except for the occasional back pass, no serious effort was required from him, which of course was proof positive of the strength of RSL's back line on Saturday.

Grade: B
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