Nov 7, 2013; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake midfielder Sebastian Velasquez (26) celebrates scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Galaxy with Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert (17) who made the assist at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: 6 Things We Learned


Dearly beloved, we are gathered here tonight to celebrate the life of the most recent Los Angeles Galaxy dynasty created by manager Bruce Arena. It was born in 2010, when it earned the MLS Supporters’ Shield. It earned another Shield and two MLS Cups in 2011 and 2012, before dying tonight at the hands of Real Salt Lake, 2-0, to lost 2-1 on aggregate.

At least I didn’t have to watch that uninspiring display in person. In fact, this season deserved to die the death it did. Let’s take a look at how the Los Angeles Galaxy’s dynasty was torn to pieces.

1. Sebastian Velasquez breaks through

It had to come. It just had to come. And it did. In the 35th minute, Chris Wingert finds Sebastian Velasquez in the penalty box, who leapt over Kofi Opare for the series equalizer.

2. Chris Schuler, the unexpected hero!

In the 102nd minute, Chris Schuler, the piano-carrier of the team, took care of a Javier Morales set piece and headed it in to send the roof flying off Rio Tinto Stadium. Again, Opare was the culprit in allowing more pain to the Galaxy.

3. The 4-4-2 diamond is the ticket to the promised land for RSL

Experimentation just doesn’t work, when all is said and done. Jason Kreis elected to return to the conventional 4-4-2 diamond formation that had delivered for Real Salt Lake, and it was effective. Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane were closed down, and both Morales and Alvaro Saborio were superb up top.

4. Morales was robbed in the second half

Nov 7, 2013; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake midfielder Sebastian Velasquez (26) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against Los Angeles Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

I have said it on the Live Blog and I will say it again, Javier Morales was robbed of the game-winner. In the 85th minute, what looked to be a clean set piece golazo from Morales was called back by Baldomero Toledo. From my perspective, that was clean as a whistle. There was no infraction. But that is the View’s opinion on things.

5. Alvaro Saborio is day to day

In the second extra time period, Alvaro Saborio left the game with a hip flexor injury that he sustained. Saborio has had this injury for quite some time, and his status could be in question for the MLS Western Conference Final. What made this victory sweeter is that RSL had to finish the game with 10 men.

6. The stats don’t matter

Take a look at the statistics, and sound off on the Comments if you thought this was really a close contest. In this case, the stats don’t matter. As I said on the Live Blog, better finishing, defending and passing win the night, and that’s what Real Salt Lake did.

The mass is ended, go in peace in the name of the football gods. Amen.

Real Salt Lake LA Galaxy
19 Attempts on Goal 21
6 Shots on Target 2
9 Shots off Target 15
4 Blocked Shots 4
9 Corner Kicks 12
20 Fouls 15
15 Open Play Crosses 29
5 Offsides 1
2 First Yellow Cards 0
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
50 Duels Won 55
47% Duels Won % 52%
436 Total Pass 470
69% Passing Accuracy % 73%
48% Possession 52%

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