SANDY, Utah (Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012) – Real Salt Lake (15-11-4, 49 points, West #2) clinched its fifth consecutive playoff berth on Saturday night, riding first half goals from FW Fabían Espíndola and MF Javier Morales 20 minutes apart – both on set pieces – to defeat Portland Timbers FC (7-15-7, 28 points, West #8) by a 2-1 scoreline before yet another sellout crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium.
RSL 2-Portland Timbers 1
Head Coach Jason Kreis
Thoughts on the importance of set pieces…
“Very important for sure…maybe it’s something that we could try to focus a little more on. Both of those goals came from just special individual plays, it wasn’t like a separate routine that we worked on in training. Espindola’s strike was fantastic, Javier’s I think one upped him a little bit. I think there is some room for improvement on corner kicks though, because there are some goals that need to be scored, and we are typically a team that scores a fair share of our goals off corner kicks, and we have not done that in a long time.”
RSL MF Javier Morales
On his goal…
“It was a pretty tough angle, so maybe the goal keeper didn’t know if I was going to shoot a goal or across to someone else. I had the confidence to try to make a goal, and I’m happy.”