Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Best and Brightest: Real Salt Lake

The name is ridiculous, but so are the goals. Digging through the video archives is plenty enjoyable. There's loads of wide play - imagine that - and a fair number of tempting volleys.

But below are the Best (most impressive) and Brightest (most significant) from the royal sodium-filled fresh-water body.

Real Salt Lake

Best: Álvario Saborio vs. Seattle Sounders, Oct. 20, 2011

It happened so quickly, you almost don't have time to appreciate it. But that's what replay is for, and it's well worth it here.  

When Javier Morales flashes a low, curling, hovering cross across the area from the right corner, Saborio posts up Jeff Parke atop the right corner of the six-yard box and bends the inside of his right heel around the incoming, skipping ball. It spins and rolls around Kasey Keller's sprawling arms and nestles into the far left corner of the net.(4:30)

This was the first leg of the Western Conference semis and Keller's penultimate game.

Brightest: Robbie Findley vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, Nov. 22, 2009
It was Robbie Russell's PK that finished the job, but Findley's was the strike that posed the now-rhetorical question, "Could the Galaxy choke away another MLS Cup?" (2:27)

- Jacob Klinger

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