Real Salt Lake defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0 with a dominating performance Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium
The Rapids came in with a great record this season, second place behind RSL in the Western Conference standings.
Still, Salt Lake dominated the match from start to finish, earning a good result.
In the fifth minute Will Johnson had a good crack at the goal but it was deflected by Matt Pickens, and sent out for a corner kick.
The combination of Luis Gil, Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio was dangerous to the Rapids backline. The tight passes and communication made them a fierce offense for RSL.
RSL’s first goal came in the 19th minute from Saborio, his second of the season. Tony Beltran provided the assist. Salt Lake came out strong and showed the Rapids that they were not the same team that played Wednesday.
The side maintained possession for most of the half; they were the first touch to the ball and played defensively in their offensive positions. Their passes were consistent, direct, and short. RSL’s passing accuracy in the first half was 85 percent and their possession was 62 percent, having a total of 303 passes.
Luis Gil came out strong in this game. He also seems to have picked up a wide variety of new vocabulary words. One of those earned him a yellow card.
RSL made it 2-0 in the 57th minute with a hard earned goal by Espindola, his third of the season. Luis Gil put a ball into space and Fabian Espindola was able to muscle it in past two defenders and Pickens.
Velasquez left the game injured, but indicated after the match that he is fine and should be ready to play next week.
Salt Lake picked up three yellow cards in the second half with Kyle Beckerman, Jamison Olave, and Luis Gil seeing yellow. Olave’s yellow resulted in a free kick for the Rapids on the edge of the box. Rimando was able to punch it over the goal, keeping the clean sheet.
Yordany Alvarez entered the game for Luis Gil in the 82nd minute. This was the first time this season that Alvarez has been on the pitch. He has shown himself to be a very competent midfielder and was able to contribute well for the last 20 minutes.
Espindola’s goal tied Robbie Findley for most goals scored by a player in RSL history (29).
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