RSL report card: Defense best phase of the match in Western Semifinal win over Galaxy

Published: Friday, Nov. 8 2013 12:34 a.m. MST

Matt Gade

Real Salt Lake advances to the MLS Western Conference Finals thanks to a 2-0 win over the L.A. Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium in overtime on Thursday night. This comes after going down 1-0 to the Galaxy at the StubHub Center, which makes RSL's 2-1 aggregate win even more impressive.

RSL played a solid overall game by keeping Landon Donovan and the L.A. offense in check. It looked like a whole different team as RSL wisely went back to the familiar 4-4-2 diamond formation. Also, Sebastain Velasquez stepped up in a big way in his first playoff start as he scored his first professional goal in the 35th minute.

Here's the grades for RSL's 2-0 win over the L.A. Galaxy.

Lafe Peavler is a sportswriter intern at the Deseret News.

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Chandler, AZ

Gotta disagree with the assessment of Beckerman. Usually I like him, but last night he had too many sloppy give-aways.
Great game RSL. I always enjoy it when you beat LA. Good luck with Portland. I hope Saborio is fit to play.

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