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Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers report card: MLS Western Conference Finals, leg 1

Published: Monday, Nov. 11 2013 12:21 a.m. MST

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Portland’s defense could not contain the speed of Robbie Findley or the craft of Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales. They simply did not have an answer for RSL’s attack. The physicality of the likes of Pa Modou Kah and Mamadou Danso were negated by a solid performance from Devon Sandoval, and Portland’s penchant for pushing the attack Sunday night made its midfield defense less effective, even with Will Johnson flying all over the pitch.

Grade: C-
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JP
Chandler, AZ

You list Lovel Palmer as starting in place of Beltran and as subbing in for Wingert. Which is it?

La Furia Roja
FARMINGTON, UT

@JP

Good catch. Palmer didn't start, it was Beltran from the beginning and I think he played really well. Also, as great a finisher as Sabo is I really like Devon's hustle back on defense and I think he fits better with the overall team concept. He's not near the finisher, but he's also not near the Diva that Sabo is. Great game, very entertaining. A two-week delay between leg 1 and leg 2 is soooo painful.

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