Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA report card

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23 2013 11:43 p.m. MDT

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Tactics: Jason Kreis started Lovel Palmer at right fullback for the second straight game, opting for the Jamaican international over usual starter Tony Beltran because, as Kreis put it to Deseret News’ James Edward, “Tony, I feel, has slipped a little bit and has made critical mistakes and you have to think, and at the end of it all we feel you have to be fair.” That said, Palmer went out in the ninth minute with an injury only to be replaced by Beltran.

Chris Wingert played his standard solid game Wednesday night, nothing flashy but totally reliable.

Nat Borchers earned a yellow card in the 31st minute. Other than that, he came on a bit flat-footed during the first half. His second half was much better, as he showed better positioning and some uncharacteristic speed.

Chris Schüler was issued a yellow card in the 13th minute for a strong challenge on Chivas’ Carlos Alvarez. He too seemed a little flat much of the game. His passing was excruciatingly slow and he was often too content to turn and send the ball backwards to Rimando. Safe, but not always necessary. Schuler gaffed in the 77th minute when the entire defensive line pulled an off-side trap, leaving Julio Morales onside and alone to plink a shot near-post past Nick Rimando.

Lovel Palmer played only nine minutes, subbing out in place of Tony Beltran after pulling his left hamstring.

Tony Beltran (Sub ‘9) seemed rusty after sitting out last Saturday’s game against Portland. His decisions were slow and his defensive decisions were not crisp. He warmed up some by the second half, but a more skilled attack than Chivas’ might have gotten the better of him in a different situation.

Grade: B-
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Atlanta, GA

So glad to have quality coverage of the hometown club.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

It was Tony Beltran who got schooled on Chivas' goal, not Schuler.

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