SBI MLS Team of the Week

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Real Salt Lake

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Only six days after conceding four goals in a match, Real Salt Lake dished it right back at another Western Conference opponent.

In front of a national television audience and a sold-out crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL routed the ten-man Portland Timbers, 4-2, extending the home side’s lead atop the Western Conference and Supporters Shield standings to five points. Midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales bossed the match while forwards Joao Plata and Alvaro Saborio impacted the match with a goal each.

RSL beat out the Los Angeles Galaxy, Sporting Kansas City, and the Seattle Sounders for this week’s honors.

What did you think of RSL’s performance? Which team stood out to you in MLS Week 27?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Bruted

    Yikes! And is Plata not considered a rookie? I thought he certainly had a better game than Zardes.


    • Ian

      Plata is not a rookie, but if he was he’d surely be a rookie of the year candidate. I’m a Galaxy fan, but I really enjoy watching Plata play. He’s tiny and the ball seems to stick to his feet. Not common traits in MLS.


  • Quit whining about soccer in the US

    I think Salt Lake is the team to beat.

    LA is definitely a beast offensively, Seattle is hot, Timbers are very tough.
    But Salt Lake is just so good across the whole field, plus Saborio is insanely underrated. Is he scoring a goal a game yet ?


    • Zac McIllece

      It’s something insane like .84 goals a game. He’s played around half the available games and he’s still up there in the Golden Boot race!


  • Oog

    The first 30 mintues of that Portland/RSL was the best soccer I have ever seen RSL play. Their flow and creativity were incredible. If they could play that way all the time they would be unbeatable. That being said, RSL’s defense is the weak link. I hate saying that as it used to be their strong point. Too many CB breakdowns. Either way, fun to watch them in this “rebuilding” year.


  • Vinz Clortho

    Unfortunately I didn’t attend the game, but what a performance for a sold out crowd (again).


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