Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Jeff Attinella; Abdoulie Mansally (Joao Plata, 88’); Brandon McDonald; Chris Schuler; Lovel Palmer; Yordany Alvarez; Sebastian Velasquez; Cole Grossman (Ned Grabavoy, 72’); Luis Gil; Devon Sandoval; Olmes Garcia (Chris Wingert, 83’)
Substitutes not used: Lalo Fernandez (GK), Khari Stephenson, Aaron Maund, John Stertzer
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-3-3): David Ousted; Young-Pyo Lee; Carlyle Mitchell; Jay DeMerit; Jordan Harvey; Nigel Reo-Coker; Jun Marques Davidson (Daigo Kobayashi, 71’); Gershon Koffie (Kekuta Manneh, 54’); Russell Teibert; Tom Heinemann (Darren Mattocks, 54’); Camilo Sanvezzo
Substitutes not used: Brad Knighton (GK), Erik Hurtado, Matt Watson, Johnny Leveron
VANCOUVER – Real Salt Lake (15-10-6, 51 points, West #1) bounced back from back-to-back losses in a big way on Saturday, getting a very strong performance out of a makeshift lineup to beat Vancouver Whitecaps FC (11-11-8, 41 points, West #6) 1-0 at BC Place.
RSL is now temporarily in first-place in both the Supporters’ Shield and Western Conference races, though the Claret-and-Cobalt will fall out of the Supporters’ Shield lead following Sunday’s game between Seattle Sounders FC and New York Red Bulls. RSL will remain in first place in the Western Conference if Seattle ties or loses on Sunday.
FW Devon Sandoval scored for the Claret-and-Cobalt, which made 10 changes to the lineup that lost last Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes ahead of Tuesday’s 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final against D.C. United at Rio Tinto Stadium.
REAL SALT LAKE
REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JASON KREIS:
On Sandoval’s goal:
“The soccer doesn’t change that drastically, the level of play that we have doesn’t change that drastically, so if we can make up the differences with our effort then often times we get results, and Devon is an essential guy for that. He’ll give you everything he has and that helps you win games.”
On the team’s success with the system:
“Us being able to put anyone on the pitch and still win games is one of the large benefits of having a philosophy of playing in a system that we stick to 90% of the time. We train all of our guys in that same system, we train all of our guys against opponents system’s within ours. So we know our weaknesses and we know our strengths, so we believe that if we put in the right effort that our strengths will come out.”