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Short Scouting Report: Real Salt Lake


It's fairly clear to anyone who has eyes and common sense that Real Salt Lake is the best team in Major League Soccer right now, and probably one of the top sides that the league has ever produced. Them being the first finalist in the top competition of CONCACAF since the Los Angeles Galaxy and DC United both made it in the late 90's/Early 00's is certainly no coincidence, and they have a chance to not only be the first MLS team to ever win a game in Mexico but they have a chance to do it in a spectacular fashion in the final of the CCL.

Their defense is the best in the league with guys like Jameson Olave and Nat Borchers being the rocks in the middle in front of a contender for the best keeper in MLS, Nick Rimando. They play a similar style to the Rapids - perhaps with more emphesis on the defensive side of the ball than pumping through with powerful strikers - with their great defensive midfielder Kyle Beckerman holding down the midfield while they pass the ball brilliantly around the pitch and play strong defense on their end as well. Javier Morales represents their biggest offensive threat, though Alvaro Saborio is always tough as well despite his low minutes so far this season. And obviously, they have some depth on them since a team that was basically their backups were able to defeat the New England Revolution 2-0 in Gillette Stadium.