RSL at LA Galaxy

Los Angeles
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Real Salt Lake
SATURDAY, MAR 8 8:30PM MST StubHub Center

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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Quote Sheet

Real Salt Lake

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.”

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Match Stats

Goals and Assists

Club Time Player (Assisted by)
RSL 80' Joao Plata (Kyle Beckerman)


Club Time Player Reason Action
RSL 35' Javier Morales Foul Yellow
LA 45' James Riley Foul Yellow
RSL 79' Luke Mulholland Time wasting Yellow
RSL 87' Alvaro Saborio Foul Yellow
RSL 90' + 3 Nick Rimando Time wasting Yellow

Match Facts

LA Galaxy   Real Salt Lake
27 Attempts on Goal 9
9 Shots on Target 6
11 Shots off Target 2
7 Blocked Shots 1
11 Corner Kicks 3
21 Fouls 21
31 Open Play Crosses 11
0 Offsides 5
1 First Yellow Cards 4
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
56 Duels Won 63
47% Duels Won % 52%
376 Total Pass 381
82% Passing Accuracy % 81%
50.8% Possession 49.2%