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RSL vs. Chicago Fire match recap: What’s RSL’s identity?

Losing the battle isn’t everything, but is RSL losing the war?

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake’s 2-0 loss to Chicago Fire is still stinging, and frankly, it should. Real Salt Lake was somewhere between awful and dismalm

One of our new writers for 2017, CJ Guadarrama, went to the match and sent us a dispatch from the road. Maybe things aren’t all bad here.

It didn’t make a lot of sense that there wasn’t more Chicago Fire gear or fans anywhere in the city, but as we got closer to the stadium, I saw why. Further out of the city than the RioT is to downtown Salt Lake, it looked slightly out of place.

In Jake Simons’ knee-jerk reaction, he wonders what RSL’s identity has become:

Not to deify Kreis any more than we already do, but under his tenure we knew who this team was both tactically and at it’s very core. Things since have evolved and we both play and build the team very differently than we did in those years. Through that evolution we’ve lost our identity and I think that surfaces very visibly in how we attack and defend in a match.

Andy Graff penned our player ratings this week, giving Albert Rusnák a 7:

I said this already, but he looks better every match. He’ll be a game changer one day, but let’s hope for it to be sooner rather than later.

We named Kyle Beckerman our man of the match, with writer Alexis Salas saying:

With a passing rate of 77%, 61 total passes, and a team possession rate of 58%, Kyle was a key contributor to that those statistics and that's what made him my Man of the Match.

Plenty of commenters have wondered about Jeff Cassar’s suitability as RSL’s coach, and this comment from Carsen McDaniel is indicative of the whole:

Cassar is incredibly nice. I’ve run into him before a few times and he is an awesome guy to talk to. Which is one reason why I’m NOT on the "Cassar OUT" bandwagon… We need to start the "Cassar BACK" movement… as in back to being a GK coach. haha. Some coaches can get their men to punch above their weight, some just get them to fulfill expectations and some can take talent and somehow disappoint year in and year out. I would put Cassar in the last category unfortunately.