Even the backups are playing well enough to give teams with experience playing together some problems. Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Wizards was evidence enough.
Real coach John Ellinger started his first-unit players and replaced them after halftime. The Wizards, however, started 10 players from the 2004 MLS Cup and made only six substitutions.
"The last three or four games, the team has been playing really well together," midfielder Luke Kreamalmeyer said. "Kansas City had most of their first team out in the second half, and it was pretty even with our second team playing very aggressive soccer."
Kreamalmeyer scored the game-winner in the 75th minute with an assist from Smithfield native Sergio Flores. The Wizards scored twice in the second half, scoring on a penalty kick from Josh Wolff in the 60th minute and in the closing minutes from Chris Klein.
But the first half belonged to Real. Jason Kreis crossed to Matt Behncke for a goal on a header in the 25th minute; then in the 35th, Kreis scored his third goal in two games with an assist from Dipsy Selolwane. Selolwane has assisted all three of Kreis' goals, and the team is now 3-1-1.