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Real Salt Lake offense keeps rolling in win over Los Angeles Galaxy

Published June 8, 2013 11:05 pm

MLS • Real has outscored its opponents 17-7 in past seven games.
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Sandy • If Real Salt Lake seems to be scoring a ton of goals lately, there's a good reason.

It is.

After a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night at Rio Tinto, RSL has outscored the opposition 17-7 in the last seven games. Not coincidentally, Real is 5-1-1 in that stretch.

"You go on streaks when you're scoring and not scoring," said forward Robbie Findley. "But things are rolling for us right now.

"We're getting a lot of opportunities and we're putting them away. You can't make them all but we want to make sure we make the important ones."

Against the Galaxy, Real Salt Lake got a first-half goal from Khari Stephenson and two late goals from Olmes Garcia.

Stephenson's goal was his first of the season. He became RSL's 10th player to score this year — matching its number of goal-scorers in 32 games in 2012.

"… There are a lot of different ways for us to score," said midfielder Ned Grabavoy. "I don't think we had that last year."

From his position on the back line, defender Nat Borchers sees it, too.

"We have a great problem up top because there are four or five guys who can start and give us good energy and score goals," he said. "In previous years, I think we really only had three guys to go to. … It's just a great problem to have."

Borchers credits the midfield for much of RSL's offensive success.

Three midfielders — Javier Morales, Luis Gil and Grabavoy — have already scored at least two goals this season.

As a team, Real Salt Lake has scored two goals or more in eight of its 16 games and has been shut out only four times.

"I really think our midfield is our engine and those guys have done a fantastic job of winning second balls and keeping possession at the right times," Borchers said.

"… The last few games, guys have gotten more comfortable with their roles and we can move forward with a lot of positive energy after this result."

Coach Jason Kreis believes a commitment by his midfield to get involved has been a key to RSL's production.

"The numbers of players involved in the attack is the only difference I see [from last year]," Kreis explained. "When we have [midfielders] involved not only in some of the attacks but all of the attacks … that's when we typically create more chances."






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