Chris Wingert suited up for Real Salt Lake for the eighth consecutive season and gave all he had, once again, for the club and fans.
On the positive side, he played about 800 minutes more than he did in 2013 and stayed healthy throughout the year. He also notched three assists which is as good as he has done in his career. He came up with some timely saves and had a few games in which he looked like he was invaluable to RSL in helping stop some of MLS' best players.
However, this is the first year that I would say Winger's play on the field took a noticeable step back. In most games, he had a pass or two that were to no one or nowhere in particular. They were the kind of pass that results in an audible grunt of frustration from the crowd. He seemed to slow down a bit as well, even though his positioning on the field typically makes up for it. Speed was never his strength, but quicker attackers beat Wingert more frequently than is affordable.
The future is uncertain for Wingert as he is out of contract, but if he remains with Real Salt Lake, there will still be plenty of opportunity for him to contribute with proper coaching and care for his body.
Editor's note: This is part of a series of player profiles recapping the 2014 season and previewing the 2015 season. Player ratings were compiled via a vote by RSL Soapbox writers. Statistics are via mlssoccer.com.