RSL v. Toronto FC

Real Salt Lake
3- 0
Toronto FC
SATURDAY, MAR 29 7:30PM MDT Rio Tinto Stadium

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.

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Cassar Press Conference
Borchers Reaction
Grabavoy Reaction
Gil Reaction
Quote Sheet

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.”

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Match Stats

Goals and Assists

Club Time Player (Assisted by)
RSL 11' Alvaro Saborio  
RSL 28' Luis Gil  
RSL 55' Alvaro Saborio (Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman)


Club Time Player Reason Action
TOR 29' Jermain Defoe Foul Yellow
TOR 31' Doneil Henry Foul Yellow
TOR 35' Steven Caldwell Foul Yellow
RSL 38' Chris Schuler Foul Yellow

Match Facts

Real Salt Lake   Toronto FC
17 Attempts on Goal 15
5 Shots on Target 3
6 Shots off Target 8
6 Blocked Shots 4
4 Corner Kicks 8
15 Fouls 9
8 Open Play Crosses 15
2 Offsides 4
1 First Yellow Cards 3
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
42 Duels Won 42
50% Duels Won % 50%
434 Total Pass 265
79% Passing Accuracy % 73%
60.5% Possession 39.5%