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03 September 2:13 pm

Real Salt Lake again proved their offensive prowess on Friday, getting four goals to down the Portland Timbers 4-2 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Here are a few interesting numbers from Friday’s match:

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Friday’s 4-2 win and the team’s 4-0 win over Columbus on Aug. 24 mark the first time in RSL history that the team has scored four or more goals in consecutive regular season matches. The Claret-and-Cobalt has now scored a total of 11 goals in its last three matches, with seven of those goals coming against a usually-stingy Portland side.

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Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio scored his tenth goal during MLS play on Friday – only his thirteenth appearance of the season.  Saborio’s 0.83 goals per 90 minutes is tops in MLS among players with more than eight games played.

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The Real Salt Lake fan base flexed its muscles once more on Friday, with the capacity crowd of 20,252 marking the fifth sellout at Rio Tinto Stadium this year.

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By scoring on Friday, RSL midfielder Luis Gil became the sixth Claret-and-Cobalt player to reach the five goal plateau this year. Gil joins Saborio, midfielder Javier Morales, midfielder Ned Grabavoy, forward Robbie Findley and forward Olmes Garcia as the six RSL players who have found the back of the net five or more times during MLS play. RSL only had two players hit the five goal mark in 2012.

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Friday’s win marked the club’s 14th victory of the season, most in the league.  Real Salt Lake is now one win away from reaching the 15-win, 50-point plateau for a fourth-consecutive year, something that’s never been done in league history. The Utah side is in good position to also set a new franchise record for wins in a season – the record is seventeen, held by the 2012 team.

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With his bicycle kick goal past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts on Friday, Morales tied his career-high with seven goals on the season. Morales’ seven goals are good for second on the team – he leads RSL with ten assists in MLS play.

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Real Salt Lake’s four goals in Friday’s match increased its league-leading goal total to 52 goals during the 2013 season.  The L.A. Galaxy are a distant second, having scored 43 goals on the season.

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Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata notched two assists on Friday, giving him a total of eight assists in MLS play, good for fifth in the league. The 21-year-old Ecuadorian finds himself on the assist leaderboard despite only starting in 16 of the club’s 28 games.

12 August 11:59 am

Real Salt Lake won its second match in four days on Saturday, getting a penalty kick goal from Alvaro Saborio to beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Here are a few interesting numbers from Saturday’s match:

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Saborio’s goal on Saturday was his sixth in four games since returning from international duty ahead of RSL’s July 27 match at New York. The Claret-and-Cobalt’s all-time leading scorer, Saborio now has nine goals and two assists in 11 league games and 11 goals and four assists in 13 games across all competitions this year. Saborio’s nine league goals are tied for fifth in MLS; the four players with more goals than him have played between nine and 13 more league games than he has. The Costa Rican international leads the league amongst players with more than one strike with 0.88 goals per 90 minutes. He is now 15-for-16 on penalty kicks in all competitions with RSL and has scored on nine of his 15 shots on goal this year. The Claret-and-Cobalt is now 34-6-8 in all comps when Saborio scores.  

3-0-0

RSL Head Coach Jason Kreis departed from his usual diamond 4-4-2 formation on Saturday, starting the match in a 4-2-1-3 setup with Saborio, Olmes Garcia and Joao Plata playing up top. It was only the third time this year that Kreis began a match in a formation other than the diamond 4-4-2. RSL is a perfect 3-0-0 in those matches, beating Toronto 1-0 on June 29 and dominating Dallas 3-0 on July 13.

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Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando earned the 106th clean sheet of his sterling MLS career on Saturday. The veteran ‘keeper – who has seven shutouts this year – is now only six clean sheets shy of Kevin Hartman’s all-time MLS shutout record.

3-1-1

With Saturday’s win, Real Salt Lake moved to 3-1-1 this year in the final matches of three-game in eight day stretches. Real Salt Lake will play three games in eight days two more times during the season – once beginning with the Aug. 17 match against the LA Galaxy, and again in late September to early October.

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Six players age 25 or younger saw the field for the Claret-and-Cobalt on Saturday.  Four of the six – forward Olmes Garcia (20), forward Joao Plata (21), midfielder Luis Gil (19) and defender Carlos Salcedo (19) – are 21 or younger.

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Real Salt Lake has zero losses when outside backs Tony Beltran and Chris Wingert start together, as well as zero losses in games in which defender Carlos Salcedo appears. The Claret-and-Cobalt is now 10-0-1 across all competitions when both Beltran and Wingert start and 9-0-2 in all comps when Salcedo plays.

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RSL is in sole possession of first-place in MLS in points, points per game, wins, goals scored, goals per game, goal differential, road goals and road goal differential. 

05 August 4:14 pm

Real Salt Lake will play its biggest match of the year so far on Wednesday, when it will host the Portland Timbers in the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal at 7:30 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Here are a few interesting figures to keep in mind ahead of Saturday’s Wednesday's match:

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Since 1995, only two out of 36 U.S. Open Cup Semifinal matches have surpassed 10,000 fans in attendance. The semifinal attendance record is currently held by the minor-league Rochester Rhinos, which drew 12,179 fans for its 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids in the 1996 U.S. Open Cup Semis.

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Real Salt Lake has scored 11 goals in only three U.S. Open Cup matches, giving the Claret-and-Cobalt an average of 3.67 goals per Open Cup game.  RSL’s scoring haul is tied for the most in the Open Cup with Portland.

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Timbers Captain Will Johnson, donning the No. 4 jersey, will return to Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday for the first time since being traded from RSL to Portland on Dec. 3, 2012.  The former RSL man notched nine goals in four-and-a-half seasons with the Claret-and-Cobalt, and was named an MLS All-Star in 2009.  Johnson has already scored six goals in his first season with the Timbers.

1/32

Real Salt Lake has won the coin flip to host their Open Cup match five times in five potential matches, including the final.  The odds of RSL winning all five coin flips are only 1/32, or 3.125 percent.

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Real Salt Lake forward Devon Sandoval has found the back of the net three times during the 2013 U.S. Open Cup, tying the club record held jointly by Jason Kreis, Andy Williams and Kyle Beckerman.  Two of Sandoval’s three Open Cup goals have come during extra time. Sandoval’s three goals are tied for seventh in all of Open Cup play.  Portland Timbers forward Frederic Piquionne leads the pack with five goals, four of which came in the club’s 5-1 third-round victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads.

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Wednesday’s match is the first RSL game that Claret-and-Cobalt right back Tony Beltran will be available for since June 29 – a span of 39 days. Beltran missed all of July while with the U.S. national team and the MLS All-Stars and was suspended for Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Colorado due to a red card picked up in that June 29 win at Toronto. 

29 July 2:44 pm

Despite getting three goals from Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake lost in stoppage time for the second consecutive match on Saturday, falling 4-3 at the New York Red Bulls.

Here are a few interesting numbers from Saturday’s match:

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Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio scored three goals on Saturday, completing his third career MLS hat trick with a fantastic goal in the 82nd minute. After Saturday’s performance, Saborio is now first in MLS among players with more than 207 minutes played with 0.85 goals per 90 minutes.

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Saborio has seven goals on only thirteen shots on target this year, good for an insane scoring percentage of 53.8 percent.

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Real Salt Lake was whistled for 28 total fouls on Saturday, the team’s highest total of the season. The previous high for the club was 17 fouls committed in the June 1 match against the San Jose Earthquakes.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty scored the game-winning goal in the 94th minute of play, marking the second consecutive match where RSL has give up a go-ahead goal in stoppage time.

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Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata’s well-timed pass – resulting in Saborio’s third goal of the match – marked Plata’s sixth assist of the season. Plata is now tied for seventh in the league in assists.

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With 6 shots on goal against New York on Saturday, the Claret-and-Cobalt increased their average shots on goal to 5.5 per game, tops in the league.  The Montreal Impact are a distant second, at 5.25 shots on goal per game – an overall gap of 16 shots on target.

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Despite having lost consecutive matches, Real Salt Lake maintains the best goal differential in the league, with a differential of +12.

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For the second consecutive week, a match featuring Real Salt Lake resulted in a total of seven yellow cards.  Saturday’s match also marked the second straight match where an RSL player has been shown a yellow card within the first five minutes of play.

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With the completion of the Gold Cup, the Claret-and-Cobalt no longer be without the services of goalkeeper Nick Rimando, midfielder Kyle Beckerman and defender Tony Beltran, giving the team zero players out on international duty.  Due to a red card suspension, however, Beltran will miss the Aug. 3 match at the Colorado Rapids.

22 July 12:41 pm

Real Salt Lake’s 11-game unbeaten streak came to an end on Saturday night, falling to Sporting KC 2-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Here are a few interesting numbers from Saturday’s match:

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Despite Saturday’s loss, Real Salt Lake is still in first-place in the Supporters’ Shield and Western Conference races, one point ahead of SKC for the league lead and three points ahead of Portland in the West table. The Claret-and-Cobalt also remains in first in goals scored, goals conceded, goal difference, road goals and road goal difference.

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales suffered six fouls on Saturday, the most fouls he’s suffered in any one game this season. The Argentine playmaker has now been fouled 51 times this season, second in the league behind Dallas’s David Ferreira. Morales’s 3.25 fouls suffered per 90 minutes is the highest rate in the league amongst players with more than 1000 minutes played.

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Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Jeff Attinella on Saturday became the 25th RSL player to start an MLS match in the 2013 season.  Fellow Western Conference contenders Portland and FC Dallas each have only started 19 different players thus far in MLS play.

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Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley tallied his fifth goal of the year on Saturday, equaling his total from the 2010 season – his last season with RSL before a two-year sojourn at English club Nottingham Forest.

6-2-10

The Claret-and-Cobalt now has an all-time record of 6-2-10 in home Fireworks games.  The club’s prior defeat in a home Fireworks game came at the hands of Toronto FC on July 4, 2007.

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Sporting KC’s Ike Opara scored the game-winning goal in the 97th minute of play on Saturday. The goal was the latest RSL has ever allowed. 

16 July 2:44 pm

Real Salt Lake made club history on Saturday night, getting goals from Javier Morales, Ned Grabavoy and Olmes Garcia to beat FC Dallas 3-0 at FC Dallas Stadium.

Here are a few interesting numbers from Saturday’s match:

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Saturday’s win was Real Salt Lake’s 100th in MLS regular season play. The Claret-and-Cobalt is now 100-103-69 all-time in regular season action.

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Saturday’s victory was Real Salt Lake’s 11th-straight match in all competitions without a loss. The Claret-and-Cobalt is 9-0-2 in that span. RSL hasn’t lost since May 11, when it dropped a 3-2 result at the Montreal Impact.

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Real Salt Lake’s 3-0 victory over FC Dallas marked the club’s first-ever win on Texas soil.  The Utah side now has a 1-18-3 record across all competitions in the Lone Star State.

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24-year-old goalkeeper Jeff Attinella made his first MLS appearance on Saturday night, replacing injured ‘keeper Josh Saunders in the 51st minute.  Attinella made three saves during his 39-minute stint, including a parrying block of a point-blank header by Dallas forward Ramon Nunez in the 88th minute.

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Real Salt Lake forward Olmes Garcia scored his fifth goal of the MLS season in the 90th minute of Saturday’s match. Garcia’s five goals in 547 minutes this year give him a rate of one goal per 109 minutes played – the next-best scoring rate by a member of the Claret-and-Cobalt is Alvaro Saborio’s one goal per every 164 minutes.

4-4-1

Including the victory over FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake now has a record of 4-4-1 on the road this year, with a road goal differential of +5.  The only other teams with a positive road goal differential are Portland and Sporting KC, which are both at +2.

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Real Salt Lake has now scored 32 goals in MLS play this season, tied with Philadelphia for the league lead.  The club has scored two or more goals in 12 of its last 14 matches across all competitions.

28.6

With his blast into the top-right corner of the goal on Saturday, Real Salt Lake midfielder Ned Grabavoy has now put 28.6 percent of his scoring chances in the back of the net. Grabavoy has already exceeded his career high in goals scored, having scored four goals thus far in 2013.