SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (2-0-2, 8 points, West #2) stayed unbeaten on the 2014 MLS regular season on Saturday night, getting a pair of goals from FW Alvaro Saborio to power past previously perfect Toronto FC (2-1-0, 6 points, East #4) 3-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Saborio got RSL on the board early, opening the scoring with an 11th minute penalty kick. RSL MF Luis Gil made it 2-0 in the 28th before Saborio closed out the scoring with a 55th minute strike. Toronto came close to scoring on several occasions, but couldn’t slip anything by RSL GK Nick Rimando, who now has 110 career regular season shutouts, just two shy of the all-time MLS record currently held by retired GK Kevin Hartman.
Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar
On his overall thoughts on the match:
“The best overall performance I think we’ve had. Offensively, I thought we were great with the ball and had a lot of good ideas and I thought our defensive shape was fantastic. We gave up some chances – not too many chances. I thought it was a really mature performance from our guys. I thought Kyle [Beckerman] was fantastic in really being disciplined and making sure we weren’t getting caught on the counterattacks. I thought our backline was in really good spots, so I thought it was just a really mature performance.”
On how Real Salt Lake’s early first goal affected the team’s mindset:
“It was huge. It was something that myself and the other coaches stressed to the guys. Toronto FC had never had to come back – they’d been leading in all their games – and we really wanted to see what they would be like if they were behind, see if they would come out a bit and give us a little more space to play.”