Real Salt Lake (4-3-3): Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Aaron Maund, Lovel Palmer; Kyle Beckerman (C), Yordany Alvarez, Javier Morales; Joao Plata (Ned Grabavoy, 62'), Devon Sandoval (Abdoulie Mansally, 82'), Olmes Garcia (Robbie Findley, 69')
Substitutes not used: Josh Saunders (GK), Carlos Salcedo, Sebastian Velasquez, Khari Stephenson
Toronto FC (4-4-2): Joe Bendik; Ryan Richter, Doneil Henry, Steve Caldwell, Darren O'Dea; Jonathan Osorio, Matias Laba, Jeremy Hall (Justin Braun, 59'), Bobby Convey (Reggie Lambe, 86'); Jeremy Brockie, Danny Koevermans (Luis Silva, 54')
Substitutes not used: Quillan Roberts (GK), Gale Agbossoumonde, Ashtone Morgan, Darel Russell
TORONTO, Ontario – Real Salt Lake extended its club record winning streak to seven games across all competitions on Saturday, getting a goal from MF Yordany Alvarez to beat Toronto FC 1-0 at BMO Field. The win was RSL’s first-ever in Canada; the Claret-and-Cobalt was winless in 10 matches in all competitions north of the border prior to Saturday’s victory.
RSL is now 10-1-1 in all competitions since the start of May. Saturday’s win completed a perfect month for the Utah side, which was 6-0-0 in MLS and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play during June. The Claret-and-Cobalt now stands alone atop the MLS table, three points ahead of the second-place Portland Timbers for the Supporters’ Shield and Western Conference leads.
Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis ran out a bit of an unusual starting lineup on Saturday, resting several regulars as he navigates the team through a busy stretch of four games in 12 days. The Claret-and-Cobalt also changed formation, departing from its usual 4-1-2-1-2 setup in favor of a 4-3-3.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis
On the team getting its first win in Canada, and the atmosphere in Toronto:
“It’s good, it’s always been difficult. This year for some reason it’s been very, very quiet. It seems odd to me because the first couple years you literally couldn’t talk to anybody because it was so loud. So the atmosphere’s become a little bit more playable for us. Maybe that has some contribution to the win today.”
Does it mean anything to get that monkey off your back getting that first win in Canada?
“A little bit. It’s not something that we’re overly concerned with. It would be another thing if we had a team that knew how to win in other places and a team that has gotten enough wins over the years to be considered a successful team. Maybe then it’s a different situation but we haven’t been concerned with it. But having done it now I guess it feels good.”