Real Salt Lake report card: RSL can't break through in U.S. Open Cup final vs. D.C. United

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Tactics: Even with Chris Schuler back in the 18, Jason Kreis elected to go with rookie central defender Carlos Salcedo Tuesday night. The combination of Beltran, Salcedo, Borchers and Wingert has become de rigueur for Kreis this season. The final 10 minutes of the game, Kreis replaced Carlos Salcedo with Devon Sandoval hoping to even the score with more offense, and the back line was reduced to three.

Chris Wingert played a solid game Tuesday night. He played a number of very good balls into the attack from the midfield, particularly during the second half.

Nat Borchers battled Chris Pontius and Dwayne DeRosario alongside Carlos Salcedo all night Tuesday. The physical play seemed to suit his mood Tuesday night.

Carlos Salcedo clearly relishes contact. Tuesday night he instigated it, repelled it and absorbed blows from D.C. United's physical front line all night long, which included Chris Pontius and Dwayne DeRosario.

Tony Beltran showed off his athleticism Tuesday night as he played box to box against D.C. United's overloaded midfield. He was particularly good going forward to keep RSL's transition out of the backfield fluid. He was also good defensively even with the slip against D.C.'s John Thorrington that gave him room to ping a ball off RSL defenders only to fall to the feet of Neal who had no trouble putting it into the back of the net.

Grade: B
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