Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Real's Chris Schuler gets ready to head the ball away from Erick Torres as Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA play Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. Real won 2-1.

Real Salt Lake came out in the first half flat against a banged up Chivas team already dreaming about next season. Chivas appeared as though it might draw first blood when it found itself with the ball at the top of RSL’s 18-yard box and only Nick Rimando to beat, but true to form, Rimando defended his goal with ease. RSL continued to struggle to find rhythm without Javier Morales on the field. Kyle Beckerman provided terrific service on set pieces, and the boys in Claret and Cobalt had numerous shots on goal as a result, but lacked the velocity to make any count.

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The second half was a different story. Morales returned to the field, and RSL's famous diamond midfield was restored. It took only three minutes for Alvaro Saborio to put up RSL’s first score and another four to get a second. It looked like the floodgates had opened. Chivas looked spent and RSL found its second wind. But Chivas weathered the storm, closed the gates with a score of its own and made a game of the final 15 minutes. But it wasn’t enough. RSL ended with the win and a much-needed three points to keep its Supporters' Shield hopes alive.

Here's the grades for Real Salt Lake's win over Chivas USA.

Chris Higbee is the general manager of and occasionally writes about Real Salt Lake.