Goal Breakdowns

Goal Breakdown: Joao Plata does it again

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It seems a little routine by this point, doesn't it? Joao Plata scoring with his head was supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Thanks to a bit of magic on Saturday against Seattle Sounders,...

Goal Breakdown: Joao Plata scores with his head

Joao Plata scored perhaps the first headed goal of his career (maybe — I haven't checked, but we can be dead certain he didn't score one in such a spectacular way in any other Real Salt Lake game)...

Goal Breakdown: Chris Schuler and his two

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Chris Schuler has been named the MLS Player of the Week for last week, and given his very strong performance against DC United, this writer thinks he deserves it. In honor of that, let's break...

Goal Breakdown: Luke Mulholland scores a set piece

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Luke Mulholland's goal on Thursday against Montreal Impact was not the fastest scored by Real Salt Lake this year - in fact, it's the third-fastest - but it was the fastest by the ever-growing...

Goal Breakdown: Plata's movement against Vancouver

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It's been a while since we've really had a goal to breakdown, but Joao Plata saved us from the doldrums of discussing penalty kicks for an umpteenth time by scoring a smart, creative goal on...

Goal Breakdown: Joao Plata's goal against Rapids

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Some among us have been convinced that Joao Plata is a magic practitioner, but breaking down his goal against Colorado reveals great finishing and a Real Salt Lake team whose movement few can cope...

Breaking down the first Javier Morales hat trick

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Aged 34, Javier Morales scored his first career hat trick. It started in the first minute and ended in the 89th minute against the Houston Dynamo this weekend, and it deserves a bit of recognition...

Goal Breakdown: RSL overloads Chicago Fire

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We've been rolling in the goals with some frequency lately (read: on Saturday), and it's pretty clear that's down to a philosophical approach to the game that values risk and reward over constant...

Goal Breakdown: High pressure begets Plata goal

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Real Salt Lake's high pressure has at times gotten the best of them — but maybe not as much as it's gotten the best out of them.

Goal Breakdown: Grabavoy v. Portland

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In our first shot, Tony Beltran has controlled the ball well under some high pressure, and he's sought out Sebastian Velasquez with the pass. Velasquez has lots of space in front of him, with...

Set pieces: RSL's late concession against Union

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I know we've been putting it off, but it's time to talk. That corner on Saturday? You know, that last one? That wasn't good enough. We all know it, and we know you don't feel any differently. But...

Goal Breakdown: Gil scores scrappy, pretty goal

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Luis Gil scored a scrappy goal on Saturday in Real Salt Lake's 3-0 win over Toronto FC, but the build-up was anything but. We take you through one of our prettiest ugly goals of the season.

Goal Breakdown: Joao Plata beats even in box

1) Joao Plata has expertly received a long pinpoint pass from Kyle Beckerman, and clearly, San Jose is not ready for this. Luis Gil is already making a good run toward the box when Plata plays...

Goal breakdown: Beckerman, movement for Plata goal

Let's break down a goal: Kyle Beckerman's brilliance and midfield movement allows for a stunner from Plata.

Goal Breakdown: Luis Gil's goal, 14 pass buildup

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Luis Gil scored a fantastic goal last night against Columbus Crew, but the build-up is every bit as scintillating. The 14 passes leading to the goal were immensely positive, which surely separates...

Goal Breakdown: Grabavoy's team goal v. Dallas

While Javier Morales certainly had the prettiest goal of the evening when Real Salt Lake beat FC Dallas 3-0 — in Texas, no less — Ned Grabavoy's goal to put RSL up 2-0 and hand firm control of the...

Notes on a Corner: Gil's goal against Philadelphia

Luis Gil's return goal against Philadelphia Union may have seemed a relatively simple one, and in many senses, it was. But the execution was divine, and Gil did incredibly well to make himself...

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