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Real Salt Lake hands Toronto a lesson
March 30th, 2014 1:33AM
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[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Real Salt Lake fans let Toronto FC know what they thought of the high-priced Canadian team, chanting "overrated" as the clock ran down in a thoroughly dominating performance by RSL, which stayed unbeaten after four games with a 3-0 win at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Alvaro Saborio scored twice and Luis Gil added the third goal as RSL handed Toronto its first loss of the season. Toronto had its chances -- most notably a Michael Bradley shot that hit the post -- but it could not beat RSL keeper Nick Rimando, whose 110 career regular-season shutouts are just two shy of the all-time MLS record currently held by retired Kevin Hartman.

The play of Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman, Ned Grabavoy and Gil in midfield was too much for Toronto, which was missing young Jonathan Osorio. On Gil's goal, he teamed up with Morales to string several short passes together, and Saborio's dummy of a Morales pass allowed Chris Wingert to break free. The left back's shot was blocked, but Gil cleaned up put RSL ahead 2-0 in the 26th minute.



Saborio finished off the scoring in the 55th minute when he raced on to a Morales pass and chipped Toronto's Brazilian World Cup keeper, Julio Cesar, who later survived a scary collision with Olmes Garcia.




Real Salt Lake coach Jeff Cassarsaid the performance was his team's best of the season.
 
"Offensively, I thought we were great with the ball and had a lot of good ideas and I thought our defensive shape was fantastic," he said. "We gave up some chances – not too many chances.  I thought it was a really mature performance from our guys.  I thought Kyle was fantastic in really being disciplined and making sure we weren’t getting caught on the counterattacks.  I thought our backline was in really good spots, so I thought it was just a really mature performance.”
 
Cassar said RSL had challenged Gil, who will join the U.S. national team along with Rimando, Beckerman and Bradley for the USA-Mexico game, to get around the ball.

"We wanted him to feel free to get into the attack more," he said, "and just be mindful of our shape in the back. We challenged Luis to get into the attack more tonight and he was fantastic.”

Gil said he wasn't mindful that U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was at the match, saw his goal.
 
“I didn’t think of it," he said. "It’s good just to get a goal in general. It probably wasn’t the prettiest goal, but you have to shoot to score so I’ll take it.”

Toronto FC star Jermain Defoe was impressed with RSL in his first trip to Utah.
 
“They’re a good team," he said. "They’ve got good movement and keep the ball well. They look like a team that has been together for a long time and they jive really well. They’re a good side, and I’m sure it would be difficult for any team to come here.”


1 comment
  1. francis servaites
    commented on: March 30, 2014 at 5:14 a.m.
    DC United was such a fool to lose Rimando. He is a rock. He has matured and should be a more regular player in US play. This coming from a GK who did combine in 96 for United. Hats off for RSL for now. Toronto will be a force this year.

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