Real Salt Lake at Monterrey: Tactical analysis

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  • AsSOCiation Football Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    Alvarez was the X-factor last night. Team was tired and sluggish and alvarez came in with energy setting up Morales for the 2nd goal.

  • matt4226 Holladay, UT
    April 21, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    Saborio is not making DP money, in fact he's not even the highest paid player on the team. There is a very good, detailed article on the SI website about RSL and it talks about when the team placed the DP tag on Saborio. They had to pay $700k for his transfer fee from FC Sion, this on top of his annual salary pushed him over the limit which is why we used the DP tag. Note that he doesn't get any of that transfer fee, it all went to FC Sion and Saprissa.

    Having said that he has been off as of late, he should have buried that shot he had in the first half. He is coming off knee surgery during the offseason, so it may just be a matter of time before he finds his form from last season.

  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    The header from Espindola to Sabo was a brilliant, hopefully Sabo will be able to finish those in the future.

  • axle Riverton, UT
    April 21, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    I hate the word "assured" in sports. This isn't over and I hope RSL realize that they can't come back here and just walk on the field and get a win.

    Someone needs to call Saborio on the carpet and tell the guy to wake up. Ever since he went back home to Costa Rica and played against his old team Saprissa he has been depressed, homesick, or something. You are getting payed DP money to play for RSL right now Sabo, earn your pay check.

    Any word on whether or not Paulo will be ready for the return leg? I was glad we had Alvarez to turn to.

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    April 21, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    Any chance the 2nd game will be on a TV station that normal people get??

  • Vince Clortho S_SPRINGS, UT
    April 21, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    No doubts that Monterrey is a very skilled and fluid team. Their movement off the ball was excellent. Nothing wrong with being out played during stretches at their place. But as the writer pointed out defense is their weakness.

    Kudos to the boys for fighting to the end. Alvarez finally made a play worth lauding (Espy's flick on header just before that was excellent as well).

    Javi's goal was another moment of brilliance.