Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake report card

Published: Saturday, June 22 2013 10:12 p.m. MDT

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Tactics: Alvaro Saborio is back in the starting lineup for the first time in more than two months. Kreis paired his hold-up play with the speed of Robbie Findley to start the game in hopes of keeping Seattle's defense on its heels.

Robbie Findley's speed was not easy for Jhon Kennedy Hurtado to track. The Seattle defender found himself chasing Findley down the left side all night long and usually Findley beat him to the ball. His touch was slightly off, like many of the other offensive players Saturday, and while he was able to make a few nice crosses from the touch-line, most were too far off the mark to have an impact. Fate smiled on Findley in the 46th minute when he found himself the recipient of a second chance. Javier Morales sent a perfectly weighted through ball into the box for Findley to pound right into Michael Gspurning's hands. Saborio was there for the rebound, but his shot ended up between Findley's feet. Findley turned and coolly finished things off by driving a right-footed shot cross-goal beyond Gspurning's reach.

Alvaro Saborio didn't miss a beat from when he last played for RSL two months ago. His national team duty lately has clearly paid dividends, and he was sharp Saturday night. Excellent hold-up play and very good passing out of the central field to find the speed and footwork of the likes of Ned Grabavoy and Robbie Findley. His rebound shot in the 46th minute turned into an assist when it landed at Robbie Findley's feet.

Olmes Garcia (Sub ’63): Garcia had an immediate impact with his speed when he entered Saturday night. Less than a minute after stepping onto the field, Garcia found the end of a through ball that Gspurning clearly thought he wouldn't catch up to. If not for Gspurning's lunge at the top of the 18-yard box, Garcia might have notched yet another second-half goal.

Grade: A
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