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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: RSL started the night with Alvaro Saborio and Joao Plata manning the forward line clearly in hopes of breaking down the DC defensive line with a combination of speed and strength.

Alvaro Saborio returned to RSL's starting lineup for the first time since returning from national team duty after sitting out with a calf strain. He was very good in the air, as usual. His post-up play was strong, and much needed, against D.C. United's physical back line.

Joao Plata tried his best to plague the D.C. defense with his speed and quickness, and while he was able to get in behind D.C. a couple of times, United's physical play and speed of their own on the back line took some of the punch out of his efforts. Plata was subbed out in place of Olmes Garcia in the 57th minute.

Olmes Garcia (sub, 57th minute) Kreis could see the matchup with Plata and D.C.'s back line wasn't working early in the second half. He subbed the bigger and stronger Garcia on to see if the young Colombian could do better.

Devon Sandoval (sub, 81st minute) came on late in the game as a third forward to give RSL a chance at leveling the score. His post-up play was very good and he was good in the air. His near-goal bicycle kick in the waning minutes of the match was his best opportunity, but it also likely blocked Alvaro Saborio from a face-on shot at D.C. United's Bill Hamid.

Grade: B+
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