Jason Kreis gesticulates. Perhaps he should resolve to look happier on the sidelines every now and then. - Victor Decolongon
In advance of New Year's Eve, here's what RSL's squad should be looking to make as New Year's Resolutions — not the "organize the garage" sort, but something perhaps more realistic.
Jeff Attinella: Be a reliable backup option in case of injury to Nick Rimando and show why he turned heads in the NASL.
Lalo Fernandez: Make the return to goalkeeping after suffering a wrist injury and compete with Jeff Attinella for bench minutes.
Nat Borchers: Keep up fitness and maintain the dominant form showed pretty consistently. Form a partnership with each of the center back pairing options.
Chris Schuler: Continue impressing at center back, but avoid another long injury layoff as seen in 2010 and 2012.
Kwame Watson-Siriboe: Make the step-up to challenge Chris Schuler for starting minutes - but be prepared to face tough competition from Carlos Salcedo.
Carlos Salcedo: Show why exactly he's highly rated by the coaching staff. Be the first RSL academy graduate to see the pitch for the senior team.
Aaron Maund: Prove to be another astute pickup in a trade and show that he's more than just a physically gifted center back. But first, make the squad.
Lovel Palmer: Make the Timbers fans eat their words and find consistency and sanity at Real Salt Lake. Also, make the squad.
Chris Wingert: Push into the final third more often and avoid muscular injuries that interrupt his consistent form.
Kenny Mansally: Gain more awareness in defense and understand the system more intimately while providing genuine competition for the starting left back spot.
Tony Beltran: Show more in crossing, break forward more regularly, and most importantly, continue strong form from 2012 after a real breakout year.
Kyle Beckerman: Continue leading the league as a passing and tackling player, but avoid those nonsense red cards.
Ned Grabavoy: Push forward with more regularity and continue the consistency that makes his game. Perhaps find the back of the net a few times, too.
Cole Grossman: Become an effective system player for Real Salt Lake. Make the squad.
Luis Gil: Get more involved in build-up play. Nail down a starting position. Score a few goals and assist more. Show why he can still be an effective number 10.
Sebastian Velasquez: Get on the pitch more often and challenge Luis Gil for a starting role. Add bursts of creativity that are sometimes missing from matches and be an effective impact sub.
Enzo Martinez: Kick on with development and really make a mark on the team. Show why the league signed you to a Generation Adidas contract and why Kreis and Lagerwey are effusive in their praise. Get on the pitch regularly.
David Viana: Have a successful preseason and show what exactly he can do on the pitch. Gain a full understanding of the system.
Javier Morales: Make up his mind and either re-sign with the club or move elsewhere. More, stay with the club, please.
Forward (soon to be forwards?)
Alvaro Saborio: Try to beat his scoring record from 2012 by scoring more than 17 goals, score his 50th goal for the club, and be slightly more consistent in goalscoring form.
Andy Williams: Find the best players possible for the money, watch the undoubtedly growing stacks of DVDs, and tweet just as often as in 2012. Scout the draft and pick up a real steal — again.
Jason Kreis: Utilize depth more regularly. Win a trophy. Rebuild the transitional squad into another core group.
Garth Lagerwey: Somehow manage the salary cap once again. Sign new players to favorable contracts and give them a chance to prove themselves. Oh — sign a forward. Or two. Or three.
Everyone else: Keep doing what you're doing.