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

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...

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

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

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

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.

Interceptions and Chris Schuler

The interception in soccer is a small statistic that's easy to overlook, but the impact it can have on a team's play is hard to dismiss. Winning the ball back, no matter where you are on the...

Passing patterns paint Morales as key-pass king

Few players in MLS are more accomplished in the pass than Javier Morales, but looking at passing patterns at Real Salt Lake paints a more interesting picture. Javier Morales nearly led the league...

Kyle Beckerman: the most fouls in MLS?

MLS just released a video in which various players and coaches try to guess who has committed the most fouls in league history.

RSL v Portland stats show midfield success

The four starting defenders ended with 41/80 completed passes, for 51 percent passing. My initial thought is that it's the lowest passing percentage from the defensive line all year. Still, A...

Set pieces: How RSL's fortunes turned around

If you asked me a month ago how Real Salt Lake would find the most joy against Portland Timbers in the first leg, I probably wouldn't have answered with "set pieces." In fact, if I had, you might...

Sandoval, Saborio, and team scoring rates

The argument can still be made that the team as a whole plays better when Sandoval is playing. We take a look at team scoring rates and tries to break down whether RSL is indeed better with Devon Sandoval, continuing thoughts from last week.

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Is RSL better with Sandoval than Saborio?

There's been discussion in recent weeks about Real Salt Lake being a better side with Devon Sandoval as the target man instead of Alvaro Saborio, and the talk has escalated with fantastic...

Lineup changes show flexibility aids MLS success

There's been some talk from sides across MLS -- including Real Salt Lake, certainly -- that the impact of having to switch personnel is a an undoubtedly negative one. On one hand, it's easy to find...

Forward scoring rates paint mixed picture of group

Not too long ago I explored who the best forwards are in Major League Soccer. I concluded that Alvaro Saborio is clearly one of the top forwards in the league based on certain statistics,...

Tactics: RSL falls short in final third v Seattle

The key to preventing goalscoring chances for most teams is to limit the amount of time they spend in the final third. This is not a surprise, and indeed, it's the approach Seattle Sounders took...

Around MLS: Morales most fouled, Sarvas most fouls

Every year there are articles about 'dirty players' or 'rough teams', so as a followup to the Goals and Shots, we now get to look at Fouls and Cards and evaluate the teams and players in that...

4-3-3 in the cards? RSL reserves showcase tactics

Friday's match against Portland Timbers saw little in the way of unexpected tactics from Jason Kreis for Real Salt Lake: The narrow diamond was deemed sufficient, and sure enough, it more than was....

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