RSL v. Chivas USA

Real Salt Lake
2- 1
Chivas USA
WEDNESDAY, OCT 23 7:00PM MDT Rio Tinto Stadium

Lineups:

Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert, Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers, Lovel Palmer (Tony Beltran, 10’); Yordany Alvarez (Javier Morales, 46’), Ned Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman (C), Luis Gil; Joao Plata (Robbie Findley, 62’), Alvaro Saborio

Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella, Cole Grossman, Sebastian Velasquez, Olmes Garcia

Chivas USA (4-2-3-1): Tim Melia; Mario de Luna, Carlos Bocanegra, Jaime Frias, Carlos Borja; Oswaldo Minda (Matthew Fondy, 76’), Bryan de la Fuente (Julio Morales, 76’), Eric Avila, Edgar Mejia, Carlos Alvarez (Carlo Chueca, 58’); Erick Torres

Substitutes not used: Patrick McLain, Jorge Villafana, Marvin Iraheta, Josue Soto

Recap

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (16-10-8, 56 points, West #1) closed the 2013 MLS regular season in style on Wednesday night, getting two goals early in the second half to down Chivas USA (6-19-8, 26 points, West #9) 2-1 in front of a sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium.

FW’s Alvaro Saborio and Joao Plata scored for the Claret-and-Cobalt, which now sits in first-place in both the Supporters’ Shield and Western Conference races ahead of this weekend’s final round of regular season matches. The Claret-and-Cobalt will win the Supporters’ Shield should Sporting Kansas City lose/draw at Philadelphia Union on Saturday, Portland Timbers lose/draw at Chivas on Saturday and New York Red Bulls lose at home to Chicago Fire on Sunday. RSL will finish the season atop the Western Conference should Portland lose/draw at Chivas on Saturday.

Wednesday’s win clinched a top-two West seed for RSL, meaning the Claret-and-Cobalt will play away in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals on Nov. 2 or Nov. 3 before returning home to Rio Tinto Stadium for the West Semi second leg on Nov. 6 or Nov. 7. Real Salt Lake could still play any of the West playoff teams of Portland, LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders FC or Colorado Rapids in the West Semifinals.

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Highlights

Kreis Press Conference

Beckerman Reaction

Borchers Reaction

Morales Reaction

Match Stats

Goals and Assists

Club Time Player (Assisted by)
RSL 49' Alvaro Saborio  
RSL 52' Joao Plata  
CHV 77' Julio Morales (Carlo Chueca)

Disciplinary

Club Time Player Reason Action
RSL 13' Chris Schuler Foul Yellow
RSL 31' Nat Borchers Off the ball foul Yellow
CHV 45' + 1 Erick Torres Dissent Yellow
CHV 47' Oswaldo Minda Foul Yellow

Match Facts

Real Salt Lake   Chivas USA
17 Attempts on Goal 10
6 Shots on Target 3
9 Shots off Target 2
2 Blocked Shots 5
6 Corner Kicks 6
7 Fouls 12
12 Open Play Crosses 6
3 Offsides 3
2 First Yellow Cards 2
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
43 Duels Won 32
57% Duels Won % 42%
477 Total Pass 355
84% Passing Accuracy % 80%
56.8% Possession 43.2%