Stats and Analysis

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

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...

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.

Interceptions and Chris Schuler

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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

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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?

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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

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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...

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