Real Salt Lake vs. Minnesota FC Report Card

Published: Tuesday, May 29 2012 9:52 p.m. MDT

RSL got an early wakeup call in the 4th minute of their US Open Cup match against 2nd division Minnesota FC when the underdogs scored off a muffed punch out by Kyle Reynish. It seemed as though they might not overreact when Luis Gil found the next in the 29th minute, but when Minnesota went up 2-1 to close out the half on a PK goal and then all but wrapped up the game in the 58th minute, RSL went into spastic mode. Patience went out the window and as a result passing and positioning were out of sync, rendering RSL totally ineffective in what is usually their hallmark - the short passing game in the midfield and in front of the 18-yard box. Their hopes at a Concacaf Champion's League birth were dashed but on a silver-lining note, the young players that made up Real's frontal attack know the bitter taste of losing what should have been a gimme on their home pitch.
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