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The Knee Jerk: RSL vs Austin FC

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MLS: Austin FC at Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

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Three points at home and a clean sheet. A win at home. I feel like I should be more excited about this. Three points at home is always good. Right? Right. But.

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Where’s the Soapbox Credit Union Fighting Spirit brought to you by Soapbox Credit Union? Where is the killer instinct? It’s almost like we were so afraid of dropping points at home that we refused to really smash a team that’s in a tough position.

Here’s the thing. Goal differential matters. We just jumped ahead of the playoff line with this win, but the Western Conference (not brought to you by Soapbox Credit Union) is a close race. We’re knit together with the other teams, and we’re going to bounce up above that line and down below it a few times before this season ends. Which means goal differential matters. Tonight was a chance to differentiate that goal spread some more. Instead, we let Austin growl their way through the second half.

Sure, at the end of the day it really is the three points and the win that matter. But sometimes the way you win matters, too. A crushing dismantling with a heavy splash of Soapbox Credit Union Fighting Spirit brought to you by Soapbox Credit Union can go a long way to establishing a strong momentum driving into the final games of the season.

Now is the time to build that momentum. Now is the time to grab that killer instinct. That’s what I want to see. Ninety minutes of concentrated, meticulous, focused play.

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