RSL at Chicago Fire

2- 3
Real Salt Lake
SATURDAY, MAY 3 6:30PM MDT Toyota Park


Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers (Olmes Garcia, 88’), Chris Wingert (Abdoulie Mansally, 69’); Kyle Beckerman (C); Luke Mulholland (Sebastian Velasquez, 69’), Ned Grabavoy; Javier Morales; Joao Plata, Alvaro Saborio

Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella, Aaron Maund, John Stertzer, Devon Sandoval

Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Sean Johnson; Lovel Palmer, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Bakary Soumare, Greg Cochrane; Patrick Nyarko (Matt Watson, 62’), Jeff Larentowicz (C), Benji Joya, Harry Shipp; Mike Magee (Victor Pineda, 85’), Juan Luis Anongano

Substitutes not used: Kyle Reynish (GK), Patrick Ianni, Gonzalo Segares, Logan Pause, Orr Barouch


BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Real Salt Lake (4-0-5, 17 points, West #2) won in dramatic fashion on Saturday night, getting a 90th minute equalizer from FW Alvaro Saborio and a 93rd minute winner from FW Joao Plata to defeat Chicago Fire (0-2-6, 6 points, East #10) 3-2 at Toyota Park

RSL fell behind early, conceding in the 22nd and 30th minutes to go into the half down 2-0. The Claret-and-Cobalt didn’t pull one back until the 72nd minute, when Plata finished a MF Javier Morales pass to cut RSL’s deficit in half. Saborio made it 2-2 in the 90th minute, and Plata finished the Fire off in the 93rd, finishing a Saborio cross to give RSL all three points.

Saturday’s win moves the Claret-and-Cobalt to 4-0-5 on the season. RSL remains the only unbeaten team in MLS, with the team’s regular season unbeaten streak now standing at 13 games dating back to last season.

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Quote Sheet

Real Salt Lake

Head Coach Jeff Cassar

On the team coming back from a two goal deficit to defeat the Fire

“It’s crazy because I felt we were playing very good soccer for us in the first half.  We created several good chances, Sean Johnson made a couple unbelievable saves, and I was really happy the way things were going.  So the halftime talk was positive.  It was to continue to keep doing the things that we are doing because all it takes is one and then they start to get nervous, everyone starts to get nervous and the guys never stopped working.  The quality in our attack was fantastic.”

On it just being a matter of time before Plata and Saborio scored:

“Without a doubt.  I thought they were doing a lot of the right things.  Their movement to get in behind their back line was fantastic and we were getting Javier [Morales] in some really nice positions with the ball.  And then that happens, we’re going to get some good service.”

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Match Stats

Goals and Assists

Goals and Assists

Club Time Player (Assisted by)
CHI 22' Mike Magee  
CHI 30' Juan Luis Anangonó (Greg Cochrane)
RSL 72' Joao Plata (Javier Morales)
RSL 90' Alvaro Saborio (Kenny Mansally)
RSL 90' + 3 Joao Plata (Alvaro Saborio)


Club Time Player Reason Action
RSL 30' Chris Schuler Foul Yellow
RSL 44' Kyle Beckerman Foul Yellow
CHI 63' Mike Magee Hand Yellow

Match Facts

Chicago Fire   Real Salt Lake
13 Attempts on Goal 18
4 Shots on Target 6
7 Shots off Target 5
2 Blocked Shots 7
3 Corner Kicks 8
15 Fouls 12
22 Open Play Crosses 20
1 Offsides 4
1 First Yellow Cards 2
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
45 Duels Won 46
50% Duels Won % 50%
263 Total Pass 505
67% Passing Accuracy % 82%
35.4% Possession 64.6%