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Real Salt Lake suffers another road loss as Whitecaps win 2-1

By Martin MacMahon

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Aug. 11 2012 9:43 p.m. MDT

Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Brad Knighton is pushed into the back of the net by Real Salt Lake's Jonny Steele, of Northern Ireland, as he retrieves the ball after Salt Lake's Nat Borchers, not seen, scored a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Associated Press

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The road woes continue for Real Salt Lake.

On Saturday, RSL fell to Western Conference rivals the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 in front of 20,083 at BC Place, in what was the club's fourth consecutive road loss in Major League Soccer, and fifth road loss in a row in all competitions.

Camilo opened the scoring for Vancouver with a 58th minute effort, before Dane Richards doubled the home side's lead six minutes later.

"If we had the answer, we'd be undefeated," captain Kyle Beckerman said of his team's recent road struggles. "It's something you've got to work at. I think, in our league, winning on the road is very difficult and not many teams do for whatever reason.

"We'll keep at it, keep working hard and it seems if you can get one, then maybe a couple of others come with it."

Central defender Nat Borchers scored a late consolation goal with a leaping header, as he rose above his marker to head home a cross from Paulo Jr. in stoppage time, but it turned out to be too little too late for the visitors.

"There wasn't too much between both teams," Beckerman said. "A bit unlucky on the first goal, and then Richards took a half chance and I thought scored a really good goal. And then we were playing catch up trying to get that one goal to get back in it, and just ran out of time."

When asked about his side's performance, RSL coach Jason Kreis seemed positive, stating the result came down to a moment of misfortune for Camilo's opener. On that play, midfielder Will Johnson attempted a clearance in his own box, but kicked the ball off the back of teammate Chris Wingert.

The ensuing rebound off Wingert fell right to Camilo on the left side of the area, and the Brazilian took a touch before burying it in the bottom right corner of Nick Rimando's goal.

"I think they got a lucky bounce," Kreis said. "We didn't respond quite as well as I would have liked to have."

Still, there were positives for Salt Lake. The club had the edge of possession in the first half with 51.6 percent, and generated the best chance of the opening period in the 30th minute, as Alvaro Saborio beat Whitecaps goalkeeper Brad Knighton and defender Jay DeMerit to the ball, only to see his header bounce agonizingly off the left post before Vancouver cleared.

That turned out to be a big moment in the match for more than just the opportunity, as Knighton and DeMerit collided on the play. After both received treatment, it appeared both would be able to continue, but DeMerit sat down on the pitch moments later, with Vancouver coach Martin Rennie admitting he believed his captain had suffered a concussion.

Rimando was called into action on several occasions in the first half, first stopping a swerving effort by Camilo on 14 minutes, before stopping the Brazilian once again in first half stoppage time. The winger won a header in the area after getting on the end of a cross from Barry Robson, but once again Rimando got down well to save.

"I'm really pleased with the performance the guys put in in the first half," Kreis said. "A lot of hard work and determination and grit on our part to try to get a result on the road. It's been quite a few games since we've done that, and I think a lot of that went for naught."

Adding to Real's misery on the night, Javier Morales was withdrawn at halftime for what the club is calling precautionary reasons after feeling adductor discomfort.

RSL will look to rebound on Aug. 18 at home against FC Dallas, as the club looks to improve on its record of 13-9-3.

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