RSL at Houston Dynamo

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Real Salt Lake
SUNDAY, MAY 11 5:00PM MDT BBVA Compass Stadium


Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Aaron Maund, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert (Abdoulie Mansally, 46’); Kyle Beckerman (C), Luke Mulholland, Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales; Alvaro Saborio (Devon Sandoval, 60’), Joao Plata (Cole Grossman, 74’)

Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella; Carlos Salcedo; Luis Gil; Olmes Garcia

Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Tally Hall; Kofi Sarkodie, David Horst, A.J. Cochran (Omar Cummings, 71’), Corey Ashe; Servando Carrasco, Andrew Driver (Warren Creavalle, 35’), Brad Davis (Brian Ownby, 84’), Oscar Garcia; Mark Sherrod, Giles Barnes

Substitutes not used: Tyler Deric; Alexander Lopez, Anthony Arena


HOUSTON – Real Salt Lake (5-0-5, 20 points, West #2) extended its unbeaten start to the 2014 season in style on Sunday night, getting a hat trick from MF Javier Morales, goals from FW Alvaro Saborio and MF Luke Mulholland and a penalty kick save from GK Nick Rimando to top Houston Dynamo (4-5-2, 14 points, East #4) 5-2 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The win was RSL’s first ever at Houston, and moved the Claret-and-Cobalt into tie for first in MLS with 2.00 points per game through its first 10 matches.

Morales scored the fastest goal in RSL history to put the Claret-and-Cobalt up 1-0 just 15 seconds in. It was a wonderful goal for the Argentine playmaker, who collected a pass from Saborio on the right side before majestically chipping a 20-yard shot over Houston GK Tally Hall and inside the far post. The strike was the fourth quickest goal in MLS history.

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Quote Sheet

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar

On the importance of scoring early in the match:

“It’s huge, to kind of take the crowd out of the game, things like that. But it was a special play. We talked about being positive with our passing, it was just an unbelievable start to the game.”

On getting the franchise’s first win in Houston:

“Yeah, I mean it’s memorable. I’m already starting to think about our next game right now. But I am really happy for the guys. This was our first game in the heat and I thought we dealt with it really well. There’s some things that we can work on still but it’s good to get that little monkey off our back and getting three points is most important.”

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Match Stats

Goals and Assists

RSL 1' Javier Morales (Alvaro Saborio)
RSL 17' Javier Morales (Ned Grabavoy, Joao Plata)
HOU 22' Mark Sherrod (Brad Davis)
RSL 32' Alvaro Saborio (Luke Mulholland)
HOU 56' Mark Sherrod (Giles Barnes)
RSL 78' Luke Mulholland (Javier Morales)
RSL 89' Javier Morales


Club Time Player Reason Action
RSL 26' Alvaro Saborio Foul Yellow
HOU 27' Servando Carrasco Serious Foul Red
HOU 45' + 4 Óscar García Foul Yellow
HOU 90' + 2 Mark Sherrod Foul Yellow

Match Facts

Houston Dynamo   Real Salt Lake
14 Attempts on Goal 16
4 Shots on Target 10
9 Shots off Target 4
1 Blocked Shots 2
9 Corner Kicks 2
10 Fouls 10
34 Open Play Crosses 6
0 Offsides 1
2 First Yellow Cards 1
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
1 Red Cards 0
42 Duels Won 32
56% Duels Won % 43%
326 Total Pass 518
80% Passing Accuracy % 86%
41.3% Possession 58.7%