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Saucedo shapes up for Real Salt Lake, and other notes from win against Houston

May 30, 2018; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5) dribbles the ball as Houston Dynamo midfielder Tomas Martinez (10) defends during the second half at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

SANDY, Utah — Here are three things we learned from Real Salt Lake’s 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo.

1. Saucedo shaping up to be a solid player

Sebastián Saucedo  may not have scored against the Houston Dynamo, but he did register an assist on the Luis Silva goal. He’s been growing more and more comfortable on the pitch with RSL, and it’s showing in his offensive play. Though he was eager to score at home, he was happy to help Silva notch the first goal of the night.

“I have to give whatever I can for the team to win,” Saucedo said. “I think it’s more important that the team wins more than anything else, and everyone battled out until the last minute.”

2. Beckerman hasn’t lost edge

Although the veteran player was coming off the bench for RSL on Wednesday night, Kyle Beckerman showed everyone the impact he can make on the pitch.

In the 82nd minute, he scored his first goal of the season. It’s a bit of an understatement to say the fans were overjoyed to shout his name. The announcer typically says a goalscorer’s first name, and the crowd responds with the player’s last name. When the audience shouted “Beckerman,” it was one of the most thunderous responses of the season.

Head coach Mike Petke mentioned the amount of time and effort Beckerman dedicates to the game and said it was only a matter of time before he put one in the back of the net.

“If I showed you guys the printouts of the workload that we track throughout the week, he’s far and above the hardest worker on this team,” Petke said.

3. RSL on the right track

No matter how many fans Petke might have in his ear telling him which players should receive more minutes, Petke isn’t in the business of giving handouts. Even with a player like Beckerman, who fought back a bit about not playing the complete 90 minutes, Petke won’t bend. He believes he knows what’s best for his team, and he likes how his team is playing right now — aside from a 20-minute span Wednesday night.

So with a couple of back-to-back wins, RSL is holding its head high. However, it won’t get too much time to prepare for its next match against Seattle on Saturday.

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