RSL v. LA Galaxy

Real Salt Lake
1- 1
Los Angeles
SATURDAY, MAR 22 2:00PM MDT Rio Tinto Stadium

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (1-0-2, 5 points, West #2) drew its 2014 home opener on Saturday, tying Western Conference rival LA Galaxy (0-1-1, 1 point, West #9) 1-1 in front of a sold-out crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium.

FW Alvaro Saborio scored Real Salt Lake’s goal, half-volleying home a FW Joao Plata cross in the 19thminute to put RSL up 1-0. Galaxy FW Robbie Keane equalized 15 minutes later, putting a stamp on a long run with a fine finish from 10 yards out. The match slowed down considerably after Keane’s goal, with neither side registering any clear-cut looks at a winner.

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Cassar Press Conference
Grabavoy Reaction
Quote Sheet

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar

On his overall thoughts on the match:

“It felt like there was just two teams that didn’t want to lose.  It was just a hard-fought game in the midfield.  We were just a little bit off in our possession and attacking ideas, but I was really proud of our guys for our defensive shape for most of the game.  If you look at [the game in] L.A. compared to here, we were much more organized.  I felt that L.A. wasn’t as dangerous this time, but we also have to counter that and be better offensively.”

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Match Stats

Goals and Assists

Club Time Player (Assisted by)
RSL 19' Alvaro Saborio (Joao Plata)
LA 34' Robbie Keane (Juninho)


Club Time Player Reason Action
LA 18' Stefan Ishizaki Foul Yellow
RSL 55' Javier Morales Foul Yellow
RSL 63' Alvaro Saborio Foul Yellow

Match Facts

Real Salt Lake   LA Galaxy
10 Attempts on Goal 9
2 Shots on Target 1
4 Shots off Target 4
4 Blocked Shots 4
4 Corner Kicks 2
18 Fouls 15
13 Open Play Crosses 8
2 Offsides 1
2 First Yellow Cards 1
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
43 Duels Won 45
48% Duels Won % 51%
414 Total Pass 377
78% Passing Accuracy % 78%
52.3% Possession 47.7%