Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers report card

Published: Friday, Aug. 30 2013 11:22 p.m. MDT

Friday night was the third time Real Salt Lake has played the Portland Timbers in the last 24 days. The Claret and Cobalt last played the Timbers at Jeld Wen Field in Portland Aug. 21, escaping with a 3-3 draw despite going down a man. RSL led the series 1-0-1 going into the match. For a team more than two thirds of the way through the season, RSL appears to have discovered another gear just in time to close out the season.

When many of Major League Soccer's best teams, including Portland, are facing the fitness struggles that often come this time of year, RSL controlled the run of play on its way to a 4-2 win with fitness and a fire-in-the-belly attitude that has fans giddy with excitement as Real Salt Lake makes its way toward the playoffs and a potential Supporter's Shield.

Chris Higbee is the general manager of DeseretNews.com and occassionally writes about Real Salt Lake.

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Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Does the author truly understand the sport of soccer? On the Nagbe goal Wingert did exactly what he should - there was a runner sprinting up Portland's right side (Wingert's left) and he has to split the difference between the man with the ball (Nagbe) and covering the run. He did exactly that. In fact, that was a pretty poor shot he forced Nagbe into taking.

The fault on that goal goes to Rimando, who may have been screened by Borchers but still got a hand on the ball. A goalkeeper who gets a hand on the shot - especially one that doesn't have a ton of pace on it - has to keep it out of the goal. Rimando didn't do that.

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