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
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.