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RSL vs New England: What we learned

One step forward

MLS: Real Salt Lake at New England Revolution Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Until the final twenty minutes, I thought we had a chance to pick up three points. Then the Revs hit us hard. We weathered the storm and it was a blustery one. That Bou can play, but we got lucky with his final shanked shot. He should have scored that.

That lineup

We seem to have one of these matches at the end of every season: we send the kids on the road and they come up huge.

Don’t try to hide it. When that lineup dropped, there were shrugs all around Utah. It looked like we might not even care about this one. We’re just holding out for Wednesday.

Not the case. Those kids took hold of this chance and put in a commendable ninety. In fact, I think our weakest link through the game was Bofo Saucedo, a guy who often starts. It wasn’t his best night, but we know he’s capable of much better.

It was fun, though. I’m proud of this effort.


I’ve heard complaints about RSL squandering the academy players, not using the Monarchs correctly, not making the right moves with the pipeline. I’m going to call BS on all of that. I think it’s what we’re doing better than anyone else in the league.

While I’m still not sold on Freddy Juarez as a long-term head coach, I also think he knows these young players. If he can prove that he can integrate the homegrowns with the big signings, he might just make that case for himself. It’ll be an off-season of interest this year.


Someone please make Sam Johnson score. It feels like it’s been forever.

I hope Javi, Kyle, Nick, Nat, Tony, Ned, Chris, Robbie, et al. are having a sweet party. Down with the Galaxy!