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Published: Monday, March 31 2014 11:10 a.m. MDT

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RSL continued its solid start to the season by routing Toronto FC 3-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night. Toronto came in with a 2-0-0 record and ranked No. 1 in various power rankings around the Internet, including ESPN.

RSL is now 2-0-2 and tied for the third-most points in the league. Most impressively, perhaps, Real took out Toronto without Joao Plata. In his March 25 power rankings, in which RSL was ranked No. 4, Matthew Doyle from mlssoccer.com wrote: “It’s very clear that they (RSL) drop a notch when Joao Plata is sidelined.”

I guess that might not be so clear after all.

Toronto is coming off what nbcsports.com called “the shiniest offseason in Major League Soccer since David Beckham signed with Los Angeles,” having added U.S. national star Michael Bradley, a solid Premier League striker in Jermain Defoe and a star goalkeeper in Julio Cesar.

Toronto’s offseason was so hyped that apparently somebody even made a documentary about it.

Beating Toronto 3-0 without Plata was a big statement for RSL and it should rocket to the top of a lot of power rankings as a result.
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