Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids report card

Published: Saturday, July 21 2012 11:40 p.m. MDT

Real Salt Lake had every reason to play tentatively Saturday night, with the weight of a 5-goal San Jose blowout on their backs, and the Rocky Mountain Cup on the line. But these guys have learned from adversity this season. They played calm and collected. Owning the vast majority of ball possession in the first half and a slight percentage more in the second, the boys in Claret and Cobalt patiently enduring Colorado's pack-'em-in-and-wait strategy. Fabian Espindola broke the blockade in the 32nd minute, when he charged down a misguided Marvell Wynne back-pass and glanced it off a charging Colorado goalie Matt Pickens to find Alvaro Saborio standing alone in front of the goal for his easiest score of the season. Colorado came out more offensively minded in the second half, adding Omar Cummings to the lineup and pressing harder against RSL's solid defensive line. But Nat Borchers and company never broke, holding Colorado to 0 shots on goal. Will Johnson was the beneficiary of a perfectly executed steal by Alvaro Saborio in the 90th minute which Johnson took to the goal to make the final score 2-0, RSL.
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