Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Carlos Salcedo, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert (Abdoulie Mansally, 81'); Kyle Beckerman (C); Ned Grabavoy, Luis Gil (Olmes Garcia, 74'); Javier Morales; Joao Plata, Alvaro Saborio (Robbie Findley, 66')
Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella (GK), Brandon McDonald, Cole Grossman, Khari Stephenson,
LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Jaime Penedo; AJ DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo, Todd Dunivant; Hector Jimenez (Sean Franklin, 65'), Marcelo Sarvas, Juninho, Gyasi Zardes (Michael Stephens, 89'); Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane (C) (Jose Villarreal, 89')
Substitutes not used: Brian Rowe (GK), Kofi Opare, Pablo Mastroeni, Jack McBean
CARSON, Calif. – Real Salt Lake (12-8-5, 41 points, West #1) fell victim to a Robbie Keane hat trick on Saturday night, giving up four second half goals to lose 4-2 to the LA Galaxy (11-9-4, 37 points, West #4) at StubHub Center.
Despite the loss, Real Salt Lake remains in first-place in the Western Conference, two points ahead of the second-place Colorado Rapids. The Claret-and-Cobalt is also still in first in the Supporters’ Shield race, though second-place Sporting Kansas City would pass the Utah side with a win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.
Real Salt Lake took the lead early in the second half, going ahead in the 53rd minute through FW Joao Plata. Unfortunately, the Claret-and-Cobalt couldn’t hold its advantage, with Keane scoring in the 56th and 67th minutes, DF Omar Gonzalez adding one in the 75th and Keane completing his hat trick in the 86thbefore RSL FW Robbie Findley pulled one back deep into stoppage time.
REAL SALT LAKE
REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JASON KREIS
On if the LA Galaxy are a dangerous team:
“Yeah, extremely dangerous as we saw tonight. Good team on the counter. What can I say, I think the players were extremely effective in what they do and if they are on their game sometimes you’re just going to have to say they’re the better team and that’s what we are going to have to say tonight.”
On Robbie Keane:
“I think he’s fantastic. He’s a fantastic player that I would say has to go down as one the best players this league has ever seen. When he is on and he is effective it’s pretty incredible. One of the things I don’t think he gets enough credit for is how hard he works. He creates goals, he creates goals for himself he creates goals for others, his movement is excellent and he’s always on the move.”