Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Lovel Palmer, Nat Borchers, Brandon McDonald, Abdoulie Mansally; Kyle Beckerman (C); Ned Grabavoy, Luis Gil (85': Olmes Garcia); Javier Morales (25': Khari Stephenson); Robbie Findley (78': Joao Plata), Alvaro Saborio
Bench: Jeff Attinella (GK), Aaron Maund, Cole Grossman, Sebastian Velasquez,
Colorado Rapids: Clint Irwin; Marvell Wynne (46': Jaime Castrillon), Drew Moor (C), German Mera, Chris Klute; Deshorn Brown, Shane O'Neill, Nathan Sturgis, Dillon Powers, Atiba Harris (35': Tony Cascio); Edson Buddle (56': Danny Mwanga)
Bench: Matt Pickens (GK), Dillon Serna, Jamie Smith, Anthony Wallace
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Real Salt Lake (11-7-5, 38 points, West #1) picked up a result on Saturday at the Colorado Rapids (9-7-8, 35 points, West #2), tying its longtime rival 2-2 in a weather-delayed match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
While the draw kept the Claret-and-Cobalt in first-place in both MLS and the Western Conference, it wasn’t enough for the team to retain the 2013 Rocky Mountain Cup Presented by Mark Miller Subaru, which transferred to the Rapids for the first time since 2006. RSL finished its regular season series against Colorado with a 0-1-2 record, tying the Rapids 1-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 16 before falling 1-0 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on April 6.
Real Salt Lake got off to a tremendous start on Saturday, taking the lead through MF Ned Grabavoy in just the second minute. MF Kyle Beckerman – making his return to the lineup after missing the last four games while on international duty – created the goal, collecting a ball on the right wing and curling a low cross to a wide-open Grabavoy at the back post for a tap in goal.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis
On the team's performance:
“Really, really pleased with what we did coming into the game and the energy the players brought to the game. The beginning was fantastic, obviously terrific that we scored the goal and then a really bad play between two experienced players to let them back into the game. At that moment I felt like had we cleaned that moment up we may have been able to handle things a lot cleaner the entire night. But, having said that, those guys have done enough for us that they can make a mistake every once in a while and we'll move on from it. Then I think great that we scored the second goal with the penalty, get ourselves in a good spot with the lead but disappointing to give up the lead. I don't even know what minute that goal was. We were stretched I think in the second half, they were putting all kinds of pressure on us as they should being down a goal at home and wanting so desperately to win this Rocky Mountain Cup. We need to again still look at how we're handling the situation when we have the lead, because I don't know that we were good enough with the ball. I don't know that we were making the right decisions with it so we weren't facing wave after wave after wave of Colorado attacks.”