Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert; Kyle Beckerman (C), Luke Mulholland (Sebastian Velasquez, 63’), Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales (John Stertzer, 90’); Alvaro Saborio, Joao Plata (Olmes Garcia, 74’)
Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella; Aaron Maund, Abdoulie Mansally; Devon Sandoval
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-4-2): David Ousted; Steven Beitashour, Andy O’Brien, Johnny Leveron, Jordan Harvey; Gershon Koffie, Matias Laba, Russell Teibert (Sebastian Fernandez, 61’), Kekuta Manneh (Erik Hurtado, 61’); Kenny Miller (Nicolas Mezquida, 67’), Darren Mattocks
Substitutes not used: Paolo Tornaghi, Sam Adekugbe, Christian Dean, Ethen Sampson
SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (3-0-5, 14 points, West #3) remained unbeaten on the 2014 season on Saturday night, getting early strikes from FW’s Joao Plata and Alvaro Saborio before allowing two late goals to draw Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2-2-4, 10 points, West #5) 2-2 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Real Salt Lake stormed out to an early 2-0 lead, with Plata scoring in the second minute and Saborio tallying in the ninth to put the Claret-and-Cobalt ahead. RSL held the 2-0 edge for most of the rest of the game, but conceded twice in the final stages, first in the 86th and again in the final minute of stoppage time to draw Vancouver 2-2.
Plata put RSL on top just 112 seconds into the match. RSL DF Chris Wingert started the play, playing a ball down the left side to Claret-and-Cobalt MF Luke Mulholland. Mulholland dummied the pass, which took a slight deflection off a Vancouver defender before Plata stepped to it just outside the area. The dynamic attacker quickly dribbled into the left side of the area, finding space away from his marker before firing a low left-footer past diving Vancouver GK David Ousted and inside the far post.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar
On the reason for Real Salt Lake’s lackluster second half:
“I think it was the choices that we made on the ball. We had a two-goal lead, and we really needed to take care of the ball. I thought we gave it away a little too cheaply. We also got a little bit out of shape – giving up the ball away in poor areas, guys in different spots and not spots to defend properly. We’ll learn from it.”
On whether the team is learning from its game-to-game stoppage-time mistakes:
“The last [stoppage-time goals] were set plays – I thought our defending set plays was better tonight. That’s a good question. It’s something we’re going to have to look at, and just be more cognizant of recognizing danger. I think we could’ve closed this game out relatively easily, but we made it hard on ourselves by giving the ball away.”