Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA report card

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

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Tactics: RSL ended its regular season the same way it started it by pairing Alvaro Saborio with Joao Plata and leaving Robbie Findley, who has been in very good form of late, on the bench with Olmes Garcia as options off the bench.

Alvaro Saborio had a handful of chances to score Wednesday, but seemed destined to suffer the displeasure of the soccer gods before being handed a PK in the 48th minute, courtesy of a Mario de Luna handball in the box, which Saborio had no trouble putting away.

Joao Plata was adequate in the first half but came on like a house afire in the second half. His dangerous pass inside Chivas’ box in the 48th minute turned into the Mario de Luna handball that earned Alvaro Saborio his first goal, and his terrific passing and positioning in the 52nd minute put him in the perfect spot to mop up a rebound at the top of Chivas’ 18-yard box for a goal of his own. He was subbed off in the 61st minute with cramps in both legs. Man of the Match.

Robbie Findley (Sub '61) may not be scoring a lot of goals late in the season, but his form has not looked better. His shot on goal in the 70th minute was not only dangerous, but 100 percent self-made. If not for a very good Tim Melia save, Findley might have helped Real to a 3-0 lead.

Grade: A-
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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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