Morning links: Real Salt Lake midseason grades; Alex Smith helps Raiders fan


Matthew Doyle of MLS Soccer handed out midseason grades for all 22 MLS teams, and Real Salt Lake was given a C-.

Talking about RSL’s early season struggles, Doyle wrote, “It. Is. Not. Easy. To. Rebuild.”

He then explained why he thought that Real management had done a good job before breaking down why the team has had a slow start.

“Injuries, man. Injuries,” wrote Doyle. “But also, Yura Movsisyan’s inability to become a top-tier MLS striker remains perplexing, as does the cold war he’s apparently in with head coach Mike Petke. Movsisyan – age, experience, skillset, you name it – fits with an RSL team brimming with young, attacking talent. Except for the fact that he doesn’t, and might not going forward, and his struggles have in part defined a pretty miserable 2017 for a team that was supposed to be ‘transitioning between eras’ rather than ‘rebuilding whole hog.'”

Doyle then put a positive thing on things going forward, “they have a cushion-soft schedule the rest of the way, some of the most legitimately exciting young talent in the league, and reinforcements coming.”

Falk ranked a top 10 passer

David Kenyon of Bleacher Report ranked the top 10 passers in college football, and former Logan High School quarterback Luke Falk came in at No. 8.

Looking at the crazy numbers Falk has put up so far, Kenyon wrote, “Luke Falk has been an ideal distributor for Mike Leach’s Air Raid attack. Since the beginning of the 2015 season, he has completed 69.7 percent of his 1,277 attempts, which is pretty ridiculous. He’s thrown for 9,029 yards and 76 scores.”

Then Kenyon explained why Falk made the list, saying, “His superb touch is most evident on sideline passes, and there are plenty of those built into Washington State’s philosophy. …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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