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RSL Soapbox Mar 27, 2014

Off the Crossbar, Episode Four: Breaking down LA and previewing Toronto

Off the Crossbar is back with a fourth episode, in which we talk about our draw against LA Galaxy and our upcoming match against Toronto FC. Introduction We let Trevor pick the music, and unsurprisingly, you prog rock fans are rejoicing at the presence of a little Canadian band: Rush. Match recap We ask ourselves what exactly we could've changed about Saturday's 1-1 draw against Los Angeles Galaxy. What would things have been like with Joao Plata in the match for more than 30 minutes? How can we integrate Olmes Garcia into the mix? What did Alvaro Saborio do that was so bad that Ryan...

My MLS power rankings: Week 3

Here are links to other MLS power rankings from around the league: ESPN.com, SI.com, Soccer America, MLSsoccer.com, Alan Hinton. *     *     * Rank Team Comment 1 (2) Houston A deserved No. 1? If not, who is? Tougher stretch begins at Vancouver this weekend 2 (1) Real Salt Lake Attack could take a hit with Joao Plata injured, Alvaro Saborio possibly facing suspension 3 (6) Toronto FC Couldn’t have asked for a better start with two wins in two games and the DPs producing 4 (3) Sporting KC Drops after an MLS win due to woeful showing in CCL, a 5-1 loss at Mexico’s...

Plata announces he’ll miss three weeks with hamstring injury

Despite a stellar start to his 2014 Major League Soccer season, Joao Plata is now added to the ever-expanding list of injuries early on for Real Salt Lake. The 22-year-old forward tweeted Monday morning that he will miss three weeks with the left hamstring injury he suffered in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the L.A. Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium. Chasing after a long ball with L.A.’s A.J. DeLaGarza Saturday, Plata pulled up and grabbed at the back of his left leg, which turned out to be a hamstrin...
RSL Soapbox Mar 18, 2014

Goal Breakdown: Joao Plata skill, intuition beat seven in San Jose box

1) Joao Plata has expertly received a long pinpoint pass from Kyle Beckerman, and clearly, San Jose is not ready for this. Luis Gil is already making a good run toward the box when Plata plays him in with a fine pass, and there are acres of space available for the forward to move into. The only issue: There are two players in his way. Plata of 2013 might have tried to beat both men on his own - and hey, maybe it would have worked - but instead Plata now sees Gil's movement before immediately turning and making a run. 2) Here Plata makes his run, and it's made possible precisely because...

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