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.
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.”