Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Jeff Attinella; Lovel Palmer (Joao Plata, 76'), Nat Borchers, Aaron Maund, Abdoulie Mansally; Yordany Alvarez (Khari Stephenson, 61'); Sebastian Velasquez (Luis Gil, 70'), Ned Grabavoy; Javier Morales (C); Olmes Garcia, Alvaro Saborio
Substitutes: Lalo Fernandez (GK), Brandon McDonald, Robbie Findley, Devon Sandoval
New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Luis Robles; Brandon Barklage, Jamison Olave, Markus Holgersson, Roy Miller; Eric Alexander, Tim Cahill (Lloyd Sam, 85'), Dax McCarty, Jonny Steele (Peguy Luyindula, 87'); Fabian Espindola (Marius Obekop, 92'), Thierry Henry
Substitutes: Ryan Meara (GK), Kosuke Kimura, Michael Bustamante, Ibrahim Sekagya
HARRISON, N.J. – Real Salt Lake (11-7-4, 37 points, West #1) lost a heartbreaker on Saturday night, giving up goals in the 89th and 94th minutes to fall 4-3 to the New York Red Bulls (10-7-5, 35 points, East #2) at Red Bull Arena.
Real Salt Lake FW Alvaro Saborio had all three goals for RSL, but his hat trick wasn’t enough for the Claret-and-Cobalt, which went home losers after former FW Fabian Espindola buried his second PK of the game in the 89th minute and MF Dax McCarty scored the winner in the 94th.
New York MF Tim Cahill put the Red Bulls on top in the 11th minute. FW Thierry Henry curled a free kick in from the center of RSL’s half, finding an unmarked Cahill at the left post. The Australian Designated Player buried the opportunity, running onto the ball at the top-left corner of the six and heading home.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis
On losing a match the way they did today:
“I think we have a strong enough group, a mature enough group and it won’t affect us too bad. A little bit of a bad situation because it’s two weeks in a row, so we need to fix some things for sure. What’s interesting in a game like that is that there is a lot of bad but there is also a lot of good. I think we need to continue to press upon how many good things there were today with the team and we’ll get after the bad things. I think it’s just a few things we need to clear up.”
On getting Alvaro Saborio back:
“It’s truly important to get him back and also scoring goals. You know he was critical for us there and he played a very good match. I wondered a bit about his fitness level, coming back from being with Costa Rica for so long. When you’re a coach in those situations you have no idea what they’re doing to train the players, how they’re maybe over-training or under-training, so it makes me a little nervous. Into the game I thought he was a player that looked a little bit more fatigued than I would’ve liked, but he wasn’t the only one there were several.”