RSL: Undefeated and it feels so good!

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RSL's Joao Plata celebrates after scoring a goal as Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids play Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Another great submission from Jared Barker:

RSL is now 2-0-0 on the season with Justen Glad starting. He also salvaged most major sports fans weekend in the state of Utah. With the Jazz getting beat by a Jamal Crawford three-pointer and the University of Utah losing Troy Williams to injury until this fall, many fans were feeling down.

RSL’s offense during the first half started off slow, a lot like their match against the Seattle Sounders. But as we’ve come to expect from this team, and as Dunny has been telling us, the timing and flow of the game improves as it goes on. This team relies on multiple good passes to start setting up game action and scores. RSL wasn’t a set play scoring machine until this year. Part of that is better offensive weapons, another part of that is filling in some of the gaps the club had last year. RSL has defensive players that have stepped up to score. Justen Glad, like Nat Bourchers before him, appears to be the most likely candidate to continue scoring as a defender.

File this under reasons we hate the CRapids…

Midway through the second half, and after a few calls went the other way, RSL was able to score with the one and only Joao Plata, our resident MVP candidate.

I can’t take credit for proposing him as an MVP candidate that pleasure belongs to my pod-mates Brett and Rich. Follow @a24brett and @frisbee_rich for great soccer analysis and more trash talk about the CRapids. Also don’t forget to follow @touchline_tbs. Brett will often live tweet the game so if you can’t watch you can still follow.

This 1-0 win was significant because it is RSL’s first shutout of its opponent this year and because defense was signature thing in this win. Jeff Corbin err Cassar might not think so but I do. It was a great way for RSL to cap off their announcement of the new facilities in Herriman (which we here at Torn by Sports mentioned in our weekly Touchline podcast). The new facilities are said to be enormous and cost around 50 million dollars to build. Utah probably hasn’t seen a construction project this ambitious since Rio Tinto Stadium was built. Maybe since the Delta Center (Now Vivint SmartHome Arena) was built. The fact that RSL continues to invest in the future of the MLS, is encouraging,

Shout out to the Gladman from your newest twitter follower. Brett has been selling me on you for months and I see exactly why he loves your game.

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