RSL Caps Carolina Run with 1-0 Win

Sabario's First in Claret-and-Cobalt Stands Tall

It didn't take long for forward Álvaro Saborío to open his scoring account for Real Salt Lake, as the Costa Rican international came off the bench and notched the lone goal in the 56th minute of RSL's 1-0 win over Toronto FC at Blackbaud Stadium. The result closed the Utah side's run in the seventh annual Carolina Challenge Cup with back-to-back wins, but its 2-1-0 record in the tournament was only enough to finish in second-place behind D.C. United, which clinched an undefeated run to the title thanks to a 2-0 victory over the tournament host Charleston Battery in today's nightcap.

The first half would see Toronto FC come out with the better of the play in the first 10 minutes, followed by RSL dominating the following quarter-hour before the teams evened out the chances in the final third of the half. Real Salt Lake's best chance of the stanza came through captain Kyle Beckerman, whose 35-yard blast in the 41st minute was parried away by a diving Stefan Frei before glancing off the right post and out for a corner kick.

As he did in his first appearance for Real Salt Lake last Wednesday night against the Battery, Saborío would enter off the bench, and it would take only 11 minutes in his second go-around to hit paydirt. The striker waited in the danger area for MF Javier Morales' corner kick to drop, and when the deflected ball fell to his feet he knew what to do with it, slotting it home from the doorstep in heavy traffic to give RSL the 1-0 lead. From there the Utahns were content to hold possession and hold on for the win, which was an easy task for the most part as Toronto would rarely create quality chances against an RSL eleven that was on the same page defensively. That resulted in RSL's first shutout of the tournament, collected by newly-promoted #2 netminder Kyle Reynish.

Real Salt Lake News & Notes

• Newly-signed GK Tim Melia put in 45 minutes of service for the Battery in their 2-0 defeat to D.C. United, keeping a clean sheet for the second half after entering at the break.

• Real Salt Lake's 17th and final day of its South Carolina stay will come tomorrow, when it will depart early in the day to return to Utah before taking Monday off. The team will resume training on Tuesday at its XanGo Field practice facility in Lehi, with a time to be announced on Sunday evening along with the rest of the team's opening week schedule.

•: Real Salt Lake will begin the defense of its 2009 MLS Cup title next Saturday, March 27, when the champs head to the Bay Area to take on the San Jose Earthquakes. The 7:00 p.m. MT kick-off from Buck Shaw Stadium, part of MLS First Kick 2010, presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, will be broadcast nationwide as the opening match of an MLS doubleheader on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español.

RSL Quote Sheet - Head Coach Jason Kreis

Thoughts on the 1-0 win:
"Almost all positive thoughts. I felt like we controlled the match for all but about 10 minutes. For about 5-8 minutes we seemed to lack confidence, lack ideas and possession, we weren't sharp enough defensively or focused on dead ball situations.

"But apart from that short stretch I thought we did really well; moved it really well and created quite a few good chances against a team that was difficult to break down because when they lost the ball they just dropped everyone back behind it. But that's a good exercise for us because I think we're going to see that a lot this year."

On certain guys stepping up for the match:
"Really pleased with Kyle Reynish's performance because we know he's a guy that we're going to have to rely on this year. So it's really good that, in the last game of our preseason against MLS competition, he looked very strong.

"And to see [Jamison] Olave play 90 minutes for the first time this preseason that was a positive thing as well. We were a bit nervous when he went down in the first half, but pleased that he stayed on and fought through it. And I thought both the guys that played beside him - David Horst and Rauwshan McKenzie - looked solid as well. All in all a pretty positive night for everyone involved."

On what today's goal could mean for Álvaro Saborío:
"It's really important for a forward's confidence that when they get into a new team they're scoring goals. It's also important that the other players will recognize that he is a goal-scorer, and I don't think that took very long. I think it took about half of a training session for the other players to realize what kind of player we just added to the team. So we feel good about our group right now and are looking forward to the start of what I think could be a very strong season for us."

RSL Quote Sheet - Forward Robbie Findley

On integrating the new additions into the squad this preseason:
"We're trying to take the younger players under our wings and let them all just learn the ropes. They've all done well and they just have to keep progressing with us. We'll all work together to get things done as a unit."

Thoughts on getting the Collective Bargaining Agreement completed in time for the start of the 2010 MLS season:
"It's always great to know you're going to have job security and be getting a paycheck and things like that. It was great to just get things resolved and be able to look forward to and concentrate on the season ahead."

Real Salt Lake 2010 Preseason Recap
Real Salt Lake 1 : 0 Toronto FC
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Blackbaud Stadium - Daniel Island, SC


Scoring Summary:
RSL
 - Álvaro Saborío (unassisted) 56

Discipline Summary:
TOR 
- Saric (caution) 57
RSL - Kyle Beckerman (caution) 62
TOR - Ty Harden (caution) 71

Real Salt Lake Line-up (4-4-2): GK-Kyle Reynish; DF-Robbie Russell (Tony Beltran 70), DF-David Horst (Rauwshan McKenzie 45), DF-Jamison Olave, DF-Chris Wingert; MF-Ned Grabavoy (Andy Williams 45), MF-Kyle Beckerman, MF-Will Johnson, MF-Javier Morales; FW-Robbie Findley (Collen Warner 78), FW-Fabían Espíndola (Álvaro Saborío 45)

Toronto FC Line-up (4-4-2): GK-Stefan Frei; DF-Nana Attakora, DF-Jim Brennan, DF-Nick Garcia, DF-Ty Harden; MF-Julian de Guzman (Fuad Ibrahim 63), MF-Saric, MF-Sam Cronin, MF-Gabe Gala; FW-Dwayne De Rosario, FW-O'Brian White (Joseph 63)