Real Salt Lake report card: Forward's unselfish play leads to 3-0 victory over San Jose

Published: Sunday, June 2 2013 9:17 a.m. MDT

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Starters: Robbie Findley and Joao Plata

Substitution: Olmes Garcia For Findley

With the speedy combination of Joao Plata and Robbie Findley starting up top for Real Salt Lake, the pair flustered the San Jose defense early. Finesse in the footwork of both starting forwards shined throughout the game and their unselfish play made a huge difference for RSL. Midfielder Ned Grabavoy scored when Plata made a hard run and left the ball for his open teammate.

“Plays like that for me are unbelievable because it's super unselfish,” Grabavoy said. “He could have tried to strike that with a guy on him, but to make a hard run to get some space and leave that ball — it's a great play by him, no question.”

Findley, the Man of the Match, also caused trouble for the Earthquakes all the way until he was subbed out in the 75th minute. In the first half he notched an assist off a cross which found Grabavoy wide open on the far side of the box. However, his shining moment in the game came in the 38th minute when Findley made a brilliant goal from just inside the '18. He looked somewhat surprised when the ball bounced to him in the box and without any pressure from San Jose, he drilled an unstoppable shot into the far netting.

“I think tonight was Robbie's best game of the season,” Kreis said. “People that don't understand that he has been going through injury issues probably would look at him and get frustrated, but the coaching staff doesn't. Tonight it looked like he was back at the top of his game.”

Olmes Garcia, who saw his first action on the pitch since playing a full 90 minutes against Montreal on May 11, replaced Findley in the 75th minute. However, with his team already ahead by three goals, he had limited time with the ball.

The forwards had it all Saturday night and it paid serious dividends for Real Salt Lake.

Man of the Match: Robbie Findley

Grade: A


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