Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Carlos Salcedo, Chris Wingert; Kyle Beckerman (C); Luis Gil (88': Yordany Alvarez), Khari Stephenson (80': Javier Morales); Ned Grabavoy; Robbie Findley (61': Joao Plata), Alvaro Saborio
Bench: Jeff Attinella (GK), Lovel Palmer, Sebastian Velasquez, Olmes Garcia,
Portland Timbers: Donovan Ricketts; Michael Harrington, Pa Madou Kah, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Ryan Miller (77': Alvas Powell); Diego Chara, Will Johnson (C) (63': Kalif Alhassan), Diego Valeri; Darlington Nagbe, Ryan Johnson (63': Jose Adolfo Valencia), Rodney Wallace
Bench: Jake Gleeson (GK), Jack Jewsbury, Rauwshan McKenzie, Ben Zemanski,
SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake advanced to the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Wednesday night, getting goals from FW Alvaro Saborio and FW Joao Plata to defeat the Portland Timbers 2-1in front of a record USOC Semifinal crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Claret-and-Cobalt will host D.C. United – which won 2-0 at the Chicago Fire in Wednesday’s other semifinal – in the Open Cup Final on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Rio Tinto Stadium. It will be RSL’s first-ever Open Cup Final appearance and third final in club history after the 2009 MLS Cup and 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League Final. The 2013 Open Cup winner will earn a berth into the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League and receive a $250,000 cash prize.
RSL got on the board early on Wednesday, taking the lead through Saborio in the seventh minute. MF Luis Gil picked up a loose corner kick just outside the box and smartly played MF Kyle Beckerman through on the right wing. The Claret-and-Cobalt captain curled in a deft cross from the sideline, finding a backpedaling Saborio at the back post for a headed finish off of the right post and in.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis
On the effects of RSL’s early goal:
“I think scoring early was good for us. We’ve done a pretty good job of it. That was important, as well as the switch to Plata for the second goal – the game-winner. Again, the first goal was huge for us.”
On GK Nick Rimando’s performance:
“I’ve got to figure out what he’s eating, and eat the same thing.”