Real Salt Lake: Fabian Espindola's hard work, mental toughness pays off with game-winner

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  • AsSOCiation Football Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    Espy does all of the little things that it takes to be a good player. He hustles and outworks pretty much everyone. As a striker I understand why he is always offside. You want to constantly be putting pressure on the back line. If you are offside 9 out of 10 times only the 10th time matters when you get that break away goal.

  • freddysheddy Bountiful, UT
    April 15, 2011 10:00 a.m.

    He has yet to win me over. He needs to pay better attention to where he is. 70% of the offsides Real has are due to him and he has enough speed to get to the ball from off the line if he could just stay with the defenders long enough for them to pass the ball, but he is constantly breaking too early and up goes the flag.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    April 15, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    For the record, he almost had two goals, the first would've been off a brilliant set up and a very impressive layout kick, but Colorado's keeper got a finger on it and knocked it off course just enough.

  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    He has won the fans over. Time to bring back the backflip celebration?

  • GuitarGuy Layton, UT
    April 15, 2011 7:50 a.m.

    Espy really has found his niche this season. Playing off of a target forward like Saborio is a much better fit for him than playing with another wing forward like Findley or Movsisyan. His work rate is really something to behold. I've always felt like he had great potential, but his energy was not being properly channeled. Learning to control his emotions is as much a function of having a more well-defined role on the field as it is being a little bit older and more experienced, in my opinion. It's great to see, and he's sure to be a part of something really special with this team this season!