RSL v. Portland Timbers | Leg 1

Real Salt Lake
4- 2
Portland
SUNDAY, NOV 10 7:00PM MST Rio Tinto Stadium

Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Starting Lineups: Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert (33': Lovel Palmer); Kyle Beckerman (C), Sebastian Velasquez, Luis Gil, Javier Morales (86': Ned Grabavoy); Robbie Findley (66': Joao Plata), Devon Sandoval

Substitutions not used: Jeff Attinella; Cole Grossman, Khari Stephenson; Olmes Garcia,

Portland Timbers (4-3-3): Starting Lineups: Donovan Ricketts; Jack Jewsbury, Mamadou Danso, Pa Modou Kah, Michael Harrington; Diego Chara, Will Johnson (C), Diego Valeri; Darlington Nagbe, Ryan Johnson (59':  Jose Adolfo Valencia), Rodney Wallace (76': Frederic Piquionne)

Substitutions not used: Milos Kocic; Andrew Jean-Baptiste; Kalif Alhassan, Ben Zemanski, Sal Zizzo

Recap

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (West #2) started the Western Conference Championship series on the right foot on Sunday night, beating the Portland Timbers (West #1) 4-2 at Rio Tinto Stadium to take a two-goal advantage into the series’ decisive second leg.

The Claret-and-Cobalt will now have two weeks off before playing the second leg at Portland on Sunday, Nov. 24. The winner of the RSL-Portland Western Conference Championship will advance to MLS Cup 2013, which will be played on Saturday, Dec. 7 against the winner of the Houston Dynamo-Sporting Kansas City Eastern Conference Championship series.

Portland took the early advantage in Sunday’s match, getting a free kick goal from former RSL MF Will Johnson in the 14th minute to go up 1-0. RSL hit back with a vengeance, getting goals from DF Chris Schuler, FW Robbie Findley and FW Devon Sandoval in the 35th, 41st and 48th minutes to take a 3-1 lead. Real Salt Lake MF Javier Morales made it 4-1 to the Claret-and-Cobalt in the 82nd before Portland FW Frederic Piquionnne pulled one back for the Timbers deep into second half stoppage time to make it 4-2.

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Highlights

Kreis Press Conference

Morales Reaction

Findley Reaction

Match Stats

Goals and Assists

Club Time Player (Assisted by)
POR 14' Will Johnson  
RSL 35' Chris Schuler (Javier Morales)
RSL 41' Robbie Findley  
RSL 48' Devon Sandoval (Robbie Findley, Javier Morales)
RSL 82' Javier Morales (Joao Plata)
POR 90' + 4 Frédéric Piquionne (Jack Jewsbury)

Disciplinary

Club Time Player Reason Action
POR 90' José Adolfo Valencia Foul Yellow

Match Stats

Real Salt Lake   Portland Timbers
18 Attempts on Goal 7
8 Shots on Target 3
8 Shots off Target 3
2 Blocked Shots 1
7 Corner Kicks 3
13 Fouls 13
18 Open Play Crosses 18
0 Offsides 2
0 First Yellow Cards 1
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
65 Duels Won 61
51% Duels Won % 48%
341 Total Pass 339
74% Passing Accuracy % 71%
50% Possession 50%