Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union report Card

Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 11:36 p.m. MDT

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Tactics: Alvaro Saborio was out for the second game in a row for Gold Cup duty with the Costa Rican national team. Kreis elected to go for speed and more speed with Joao Plata and Robbie Findley.

Robbie Findley played perhaps his poorest game of the season. He was lethargic and his second touch, particularly in the attacking third was poor. He had two shots but neither challenged Philly keeper Zac MacMath.

Joao Plata made every moment count Wednesday night. With his team struggling for the first 60 minutes, he was a bright spot on the forward line. Plata tracked down ball after ball and used his speed and quickness to keep RSL in the game during the first half, and putting the one-man up Philadelphia defense on their heels the final 30 minutes of the game.

Olmes Garcia (Sub '56) struggled Wednesday. His touch was off — he lacked patience and just seemed anxious after being subbed in to what, at the time, seemed to be a tired and dejected losing RSL side. His effort and speed injected some energy into the game, and perhaps that, combined with the tremendous efforts of Luis Gil, Javier Morales and Joao Plata, was the difference in the game.

Grade: B
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