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Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers report card: MLS Western Conference Finals, leg 1

Published: Monday, Nov. 11 2013 12:21 a.m. MST

Real Salt Lake played its third playoff game in seven days Sunday night after advancing to the MLS Western Conference Finals Thursday night on its same home pitch.

Thursday’s match left RSL banged up coming into Sunday night’s match, with leading scorer Alvaro Saborio out with a hip-flexer injury and Ned Grabavoy still on the bench after pulling his hamstring in the first leg semifinal match with Los Angeles.

Portland scored two bookend goals in Sunday night's matchup, but RSL took full advantage of its home field, scoring four goals to win the first leg of the Western Conference Finals, 4-2.

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JP
Chandler, AZ

You list Lovel Palmer as starting in place of Beltran and as subbing in for Wingert. Which is it?

La Furia Roja
FARMINGTON, UT

@JP

Good catch. Palmer didn't start, it was Beltran from the beginning and I think he played really well. Also, as great a finisher as Sabo is I really like Devon's hustle back on defense and I think he fits better with the overall team concept. He's not near the finisher, but he's also not near the Diva that Sabo is. Great game, very entertaining. A two-week delay between leg 1 and leg 2 is soooo painful.

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