Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Jeff Attinella; Chris Wingert, Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Abdoulie Mansally (Olmes Garcia, 73’); Cole Grossman (John Stertzer, 63’); Luis Gil, Luke Mulholland; Javier Morales (C); Joao Plata, Robbie Findley (Sebastian Velasquez, 63’)
Substitutes not used: Lalo Fernandez (GK), Aaron Maund, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Devon Sandoval
Chivas USA (4-4-2): Dan Kennedy; Donny Toia, Carlos Bocanegra (C), Bobby Burling, Tony Lochhead; Eric Avila (Marky Delgado, 73’), Martin Rivero, Agustin Pelletieri, Mauro Rosales (Carlos Alvarez, 81’); Leandro Barrera (Ryan Finley, 84’), Erick Torres
Substitutes not used: Kristopher Tyrpak, Michael Nwiloh, Eriq Zavaleta, Matthew Dunn
CARSON, Calif. – Real Salt Lake (6-3-7, 25 points, West #3) couldn’t overcome an early red card at at Chivas USA (3-7-5, 14 points, West #9), falling 1-0 to the Southern California side after playing with 10 men for over 80 minutes on Saturday night at StubHub Center.
Real Salt Lake went down a man in the ninth minute, when MF Luke Mulholland was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Chivas USA MF Martin Rivero. The ejection marked the second-straight MLS match that an RSL player has seen a red card – DF Tony Beltran was shown two yellows and tossed from the Claret-and-Cobalt’s 3-1 loss against Portland on June 7.
Despite going down a man, RSL enjoyed a good deal of possession and limited Chivas USA’s opportunities, controlling most of the early going. Both sides had goals called back for offside in the first half, with Chivas USA FW Leandro Barrera seeing his effort disallowed in the 16th minute before RSL FW Joao Plata had his attempt called back in the 27th.
Chivas USA took the lead in the 35th minute, going ahead through a wonderful strike from FW Erick Torres. DF Tony Lochhead started the play on the left side, switching the field with a lovely ball that found Torres in the right side of the box. The Mexican striker took it with his first touch, rifling a spectacular right-footed volley out of the air and into the back of the net from 15 yards.