Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Carlos Salcedo, Chris Wingert; Kyle Beckerman (C), Ned Grabavoy; Olmes Garcia (75': Devon Sandoval), Javier Morales, Joao Plata (62': Luis Gil); Alvaro Saborio
Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella, Lovel Palmer, Cole Grossman, Robbie Findley, Sebastian Velasquez
Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Tally Hall; Kofi Sarkodie, Bobby Boswell, Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe; Warren Creavalle (65': Jason Johnson), Ricardo Clark, Adam Moffat (81': Boniek Garcia), Brad Davis (C); Giles Barnes (74': Cam Weaver), Will Bruin
Substitutes not used: Erich Marschedier, Mike Chabala, Anthony Arena, Eric Brunner
SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (12-7-5, 41 points, West #1) moved back into sole possession of first-place in the MLS Supporters’ Shield race on Saturday night, getting a first half penalty kick goal from FW Alvaro Saborio to beat the Houston Dynamo (9-7-6, 33 points, East #5) 1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Claret-and-Cobalt is now unbeaten in its last three matches across all competitions and winners of its last two. The Utah side is two points ahead of Sporting Kansas City in the Supporters’ Shield race and five points ahead of Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the Western Conference.
RSL controlled the match from the start, dominating possession from the opening whistle and putting Houston under a decent amount of pressure. The Dynamo did a good job of staying organized, however, and RSL didn’t have any clear cut chances until the 33rd minute, when FW Joao Plata hit the crossbar. The Ecuadorian attacker picked up a loose ball on the left side, using his first touch to slam a 25-yard right-footer past Houston GK Tally Hall and off the crossbar.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis
On a possible letdown following Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup Semifinal win over Portland:
“Yeah, I think honestly, somebody asked me about it yesterday and I kind of shirked it off. I didn’t even want to address it, sometimes that’s just the best way, to just ignore it with things like that. So I was concerned at how that would affect us today and I thought – to be completely self-critical and honest – I did feel like we were a little flat in the first half. The mood was a little flat. But the guys looked pretty confident. And when we went forward and chose to do it we were pretty dangerous. So all in all I’m really, really pleased that we got a result in a little different way tonight than we typically do. It’s important, I think it’s really important as you start to enter the stretch, as you start to enter the playoffs you have to feel like you can win in multiple ways.”