Looking to build off their win against the Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake was on the road Wednesday night to take on the Houston Dynamo. Coming into the match, Real was looking to start strong and not allow its opponent to score early. Well, RSL didn't allow the Dynamo to score early, which was great, but, unfortunately, an own goal by Justin Schmidt started the scoring for the home team. Houston didn't look back. After the goal in the third minute, Houston scored in the 15th, 45th, 52nd and 68th minutes to claim the 5-1 blowout victory. Joao Plata was the bright spot for the Crimson and Cobalt with a goal in the 63rd minute.
Matt Van Oekel (4): The man had three saves but allowed five goals, if you count the own goal. Nick Rimando is still the starter on this team when available. Van Oekel has been given opportunities to start, but he seems to allow a lot of goals.
Chris Schuler (5): In the 78th minute, Schuler had a one-on-one defensive stand where it looked like he hurt his back. Even when the match was out of reach, Schuler continued to play with urgency. Other players need to match his heart.
Aaron Maund (5): Allowing five goals by a defensive back line is inexcusable. However, Maund is the last to blame.
Justin Schmidt (3.5): The own goal was bad, but getting beat by Alberth Ellis, which led to an easy Erick Torres' goal, was up at the top on Schmidt's horrible outing.
Tony Beltran (4): Beltran has missed a few matches this season, so he is still a little rusty. His rust showed when he lost the battle against Mauro Manotas in the 45th minute, and then again when he matched up against Leonardo in the box and a header goal soon resulted. Beltran got picked on in this match.
Sunday Stephens (4.5): A positive for Real was its possession of the ball, which it won 56 percent of the time. Sunny was a part of that statistic, but he was also a part of, yet again, too many fouls committed, with three of his own.
Albert Rusnák (4.5): With only one shot on target for the match, Real needs Rusnák to produce more chances for the team. Consistency is key for this young Slovakian.
Kyle Beckerman (5): The captain did his best to keep up the midfield and the match. It doesn't help when the team's personnel is always changing.
Yura Movsisyan (5.5): Movsisyan tied for the most shots for RSL in the match, racking up a total of four. None found the back of the net. When Movsisyan scores, RSL usually fares better.
Joao Plata (5.5): Scoring a goal off a free kick in the 63rd minute must have given Plata some confidence, after an inauspicious start. But early in the match, he gave up pressure against Alex resulting in an easy goal for the Dynamo.
Jefferson Savarino (5.5): All four shots taken by Savarino were on point, but none was a goal. He continues to put pressure on the defense and constantly shows his worth to the team.
Luis Silva (5): In the 63rd minute, Silva subbed in for Plata. Looking to offer a spark for a team down three goals, Silva's time on the field resulted in another goal for the Dynamo.
José Hernández (5): Hernández replaced Rusnák in the 66th minute. By this time in the match, Houston was in full control, slowing down the pace. Still, Hernández got a shot off, looking to stay aggressive.
Omar Holness (N/A): Holness entered the match, in the 73rd minute, for Beckerman.
Shane Reinhard is a graduate of Weber State University and a teacher and coach at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ogden, Utah. Email: email@example.com. Follow on Twitter @hoopsters12.