Forget Alvaro Saborio’s screaming header. Get over Javier Morales’ majestic chilena.
The style of play in Sandy, Utah is way beyond a cheap highlight.
This. Is. Football.
(It’s soccer, too...if that’s your thing.)
Real Salt Lake captured an impressive 4-2 victory over the Portland Timbers Friday night. For 90 minutes, the club displayed a clean, cohesive and attractive style of play. According to the match report on WhoScored, RSL completed 529 passes with an average pass streak of six. With 60 percent possession and 453 short passes, the ball remained glued to their feet.
Tactically, the Claret and Cobalt were sound on the evening as well.
The positional reports on WhoScored show the club maintained its diamond shape to perfection throughout the match. With flawless organization, RSL deployed an aggressive attack down the flanks. Only 26 percent of the attack came down the spine of the formation. Forty-one percent of the attack favored the left side. The other 33 percent came on the right.
But those are numbers. How about a visual?
No goal encapsulated RSL’s attractive style more than Luis Gil’s opening strike. No words could possibly describe it. You’re better off just watching the video above.
One pass. Two pass. Three pass. Dagger.
The Claret and Cobalt did more than send a message to the Western Conference with the 4-2 victory.
They sent a message to MLS: Put. Us. On. Television.
RSL are scheduled for one final national television appearance this season. A trip to Seattle in Week 29 will bring their total to three for 2013. The New York Red Bulls had that many in March alone.
After Friday’s performance, that needs to change.
Studs up. No ball. All player. Ben Zemanski deserved his red card. Period.