Real Salt Lake: Alvaro Saborio's second-half goal delivers win

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  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 7:42 a.m.

    Very important win. RSL will be thin at the back.

  • axle Riverton, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 7:27 a.m.

    Nice to have things going our way for a change. You get lucky in games like this and that gives you confidence that things are going your way and then you really do play better. I expect RSL to get on a bit of a roll here and hopefully catch these CCL teams that have tired legs. I think we can pass one or two of them especially if we can get Morales back in time to make a difference. Dallas might have a weak schedule, but they just got beat by the Revs, so they are sinking at the end here. Seattle might be tough to catch. I don't think LA is catchable, they are too consistant in gaining points.

  • matt4226 Holladay, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    I don't think the ref realized he was giving Beltran his second yellow card, he only showed the red after Seattle players were reminding him that he had shown a yellow to Beltran earlier in the half. It was obvious the ref was going to look for a way to balance out the game again and probably could have given a straight red to Carrasco for his foul on Johnson. He hit Johnson a lot harder than Hurtado hit Saborio, but neither play was intentional.

    They say it is better to be lucky than good. This game was a clear example of that. The first RSL goal was a total fluke and then the second goal was setup by a very lucky bounce off a rebound from Saborio's first shot. Then to have Rosales miss wide on a PK and finally to have Rimando make a game winning save with his face! Seattle ended up with 66% of the possession, but the scoreboard didn't reflect it. Call it luck or whatever, I'll take the win!

  • Utes, Jazz, and RSL Forever Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 4:16 a.m.

    MLS officiating is a joke, always has been and probably always will be. With that being said that was a huge win for us, probably as big a win as we have had this season since Seattle was playing very well coming into the game and it has always been a tough place for us to play. Even with the win it will still be tough for us to catch the Sounders and FC Dallas because both teams have weak schedules the rest of the way. Dallas only plays 1 team with a winning record the rest of the season (Colorado) and the 3 teams that go to Dallas have a combined road record of 1-20-22. Seattle plays 4 of their 6 games against teams with losing records and the 2 games against teams with winning records are both in Seattle. While the Galaxy have a tougher schedule than those two they probably still won't drop enough points for us to catch them. Bottom line is that we have to build on this win and continue to play well if we are to move up and get a first round bye.

  • srw Riverton, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 10:10 p.m.

    Anyway, it has been an excellent day.

    Current table (combined east and west) in terms of points per match:
    LA Galaxy 1.96
    Real Salt Lake 1.73
    Seattle Sounders FC 1.71
    FC Dallas 1.64
    Columbus Crew 1.48
    Sporting Kansas City 1.43
    Colorado Rapids 1.41

    RSL are now in second place!

  • srw Riverton, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 8:38 p.m.

    "Despite playing down a man for nearly an hour yet again, Real Salt Lake beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1 on the road Saturday for the first time in team history to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race."

    As stated later in the same article, RSL were down a man for four minutes.

  • furymouse Draper, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    Sabo and nick are my heroes right now. Reffing may have been horrible at best but both teams seemed to keep playing in spite of that.