Stats and Analysis

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Home and Away: Breaking out the numbers

As we are sometimes wont to do, we speculate on statistical implications without having a good look at the data. Rather than fire our statistical cannons in the air aimlessly, let's take a closer...

Home and Away: Breaking out the numbers

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As we are sometimes wont to do, we speculate on statistical implications without having a good look at the data. Rather than fire our statistical cannons in the air aimlessly, let's take a closer...

How and why Joao Plata may be the best RSL player

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Joao Plata's season has been not just good, but great. In his fourth MLS season to date, Plata has taken himself from a young prospect at a perennially struggling Toronto FC to a key cog in Real...

MLS to switch to 25-man rosters? Don't count on it

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With six games (for most sides) remaining in the MLS season — crunch time, really — news has been rolling in about all sorts of things. From Don Garber and Bruce Arena's war of words to Orlando...

Crunching Numbers: RSL scoring earlier than ever

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Real Salt Lake has undergone a transformation under coach Jeff Cassar. It's not the most complicated, and it's certainly not one that captivates tactical minds across the league terribly often. B...

Should RSL be looking at a 4-3-3?

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When we played Club Tijuana in a friendly with little real consequence, we rolled out an exciting formational shift -- we once again played in a 4-3-3, and one with more of an attacking slant than...

Breaking down the absence of goalscoring threats

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If there's one thing we've lacked at Real Salt Lake this season, it's been consistent goalscoring threats.

How does RSL break down the bus?

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If one great thing has come from the pantheon of European football (and there's certainly more than one great thing,) it's that blasted metaphor Jose Mourinho made so well-known.

Why RSL attack was found lacking against FC Dallas

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Real Salt Lake weren't at their best in their against FC Dallas, but we can suss out some of the reasons why that was the case. 1. The midfield didn’t push into the attack quickly Too many times,...

Creative efficiency comes from Morales, Plata

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One of the hallmarks of our side is our creativity in play. We might wonder, though, how that shakes out when we’re talking about creativity in a stricter sense — and how our most creative players...

Life under Cassar: Early season statistics

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It’s been 11 games under Jeff Cassar, and it’s as good a time as any to take a look at some basic statistics around the season so far.

RSL win in Houston pivots on second-half sub

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Real Salt Lake may have ruled the occasion at the final whistle against Houston Dynamo, winning 5-2 at the final whistle, but for a 30 minute period to start the second half, things were more than...

Cassar's subs: Shifting toward flanks pays off

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Jeff Cassar may be new to this head coaching gig, but his substitutions on Saturday showed a coach with a more nuanced approach than you'd expect with that experience.

RSL's not creating chances, but does that hurt us?

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We're not creating chances, and that needs to change. Real Salt Lake is third-to-last in chances created per game in our first five matches. According to Squawka data, We've seen only 7.6 chances...

Beckerman v. Bradley: Early signs in 2014

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I'm not going to purport to tell you whether Michael Bradley or Kyle Beckerman is the better player. I'm not even going to tell you which side is more effective. What I am going to show, though,...

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...

What happened and why? Examining RSL's 3-3 draw

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There are three questions we should be asking ourselves after that profligate loss to San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. They are simple questions, but it is not a simple problem. 1. What happened? ...

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.

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