CARSON, Calif. – Real Salt Lake (1-0-0, 3 points, West #1) started its 10th season in style on Saturday night, defeating Western Conference rival LA Galaxy (0-1-0, 0 points, West #5) 1-0 at StubHub Center.
FW Joao Plata scored the game’s lone goal in the 80th minute, and RSL GK Nick Rimando put in a heroic performance to keep the clean sheet, saving a LA FW Robbie Keane penalty in the 93rd minute and making nine total saves to give RSL all three points. The Claret-and-Cobalt has now won five-consecutive MLS regular season openers dating back to 2010.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar
On getting his first win as an MLS Head Coach:
"It feels great, but what I am really excited about is the fight that the team had. We were under the gun a couple times in the first half and came in and half time and said, you know, just relax, it's 0-0, exactly where we want to be, and the energy level and effort from the guys in second half was fantastic. We had a great two weeks in Tucson preparing for this game, we had a good game plan of what we thought they would be doing, it doesn't hurt that our goalkeeper played amazing, but I am really proud of the guys."
On Nick Rimando’s saves:
"Unbelievable. He was controlling the ball, didn't give up rebounds, was unbelievable in the air. This is not an easy team to play against when they are getting service into the box and then obviously the penalty kick save was amazing, but that is Nick, he is that guy. They are a dangerous team, we knew they would be dangerous. We would like to tighten up being countered on, but I am really proud of the guys."
On the play of Joao Plata:
"Unbelievable, he was really threatening a lot of the time, but he was even controlling the ball and making good decision in transition, he was fantastic.”