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

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

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Nick Rimando didn’t have much to contend with most of Sunday night, except for Will Johnson’s 14th-minute free kick goal that nobody on earth could have stopped. And then there was an unexpected goal from Portland’s Frederic Piquionne in literally the final seconds of the game when the striker rose above his mark and pounded home a perfectly placed Jack Jewsbury cross to find the side netting far post. Again, there wasn’t much Rimando could do to stop the second goal, but it was clearly a dark mark on an otherwise stupendous game.

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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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