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By RYAN TOLMICH
Entering Saturday’s matchup with D.C. United, Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler hadn’t scored a regular season goal in nearly three years.
The 26-year-old center back proved to be quite the capable goalscorer Saturday by bagging a brace in the eventual 3-0 RSL win at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Schuler picked up his first of the night in the 13th minute, as his close range finish off of a Javier Morales cross gave RSL the early 2-0 lead. Schuler’s second goal came via a powerful header from a corner kick, giving the defender his second in just 11 minutes. Saturday’s pair of finishes equaled Schuler’s goalscoring total from the previous five seasons combined.
The defender’s unexpected goalscoring explosion and contributions to preserving an RSL clean sheet were enough to earn recognition as SBI MLS Player of the Week, as Schuler beat out Toronto FC forward Luke Moore, Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri, Philadelphia Union forward Sebastian LeToux and Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Pedro Morales for this week’s honors.
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