Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert; Kyle Beckerman (C), Luke Mulholland (Cole Grossman, 83’), Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales (John Stertzer, 90’ + 4’); Robbie Findley (Olmes Garcia, 59’), Joao Plata
Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella; Luis Gil, Carlos Salcedo, Devon Sandoval
Montreal Impact (4-4-2): Evan Bush; Krzysztof Krol, Heath Pearce, Matteo Ferrari, Hassoun Camara; Andres Romero, Calum Mallace (Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, 62’), Patrice Bernier, Issey Nakajima-Farran; Marco Di Vaio (Jack McInerney, 77’), Felipe Martins (Justin Mapp, 62’)
Substitutes not used: Troy Perkins; Mamadou Danso, Karl Ouimette, Maxim Tissot
SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (8-4-8, 32 points, West #2), picked up a valuable three points on Thursday, getting goals from RSL MF Luke Mulholland and FW Olmes Garcia to beat Montreal Impact (3-11-5, 14 points, East #10) 3-1 in front of a sold-out crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium.
RSL’s Mulholland put the Claret-and-Cobalt up 1-0 just three minutes in to the game. Montreal managed to pull even before halftime through DF Hassoun Camara in the 31st minute. The Impact then went down a man in the 65th minute and couldn’t hold on with RSL substitute Garcia notching a brace with goals in the 70th and 93rd minutes to secure the win.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar
On his first thought coming out of the game:
“We got three goals from the run of play in one game. It feels good.”
On FW Olmes Garcia’s performance:
“He was fantastic – threatening and quality. The two goals were world-class. The final ball to him was fantastic. It’s what we want from him. He gave a fantastic performance, and he also worked very hard on the defensive end. Just a great night from him.”
On the decision to pull bring on FW Olmes Garcia in the 59th minute:
“I think Robbie [Findley]’s hamstring got a little tight on him 35 minutes in. He was calling it a cramp. We wanted to come out in the second half with the same look, and then we knew we were going to make that move early. We wanted to start with Robbie, then have Olmes [Garcia] come on. It wasn’t the plan before kickoff, but once Robbie started to tighten up, we were going to have to make a move. We had scouted Montreal, and felt that if we had fast, explosive players that really stretch them over the top, it would be beneficial for us. That’s why we started Robbie and Joao [Plata], and had Olmes come on and keep that intensity – keep that pressure – on them. It was key tonight, and it’s going to be key in the future.”