RSL Draws Sporting KC 2-2

Saborio and Espindola score for RSL in chippy affair

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RSL Communications


Chippy Arizona Affair Sees RSL Push Out
to 2-0 Lead Before Allowing Pair in Second Half;

Same Two Teams to Meet in Second Match
of “Night/Day Doubleheader” on Wednesday


Ariz. (Tuesday, March 8, 2011)

Real Salt Lake would jump out to a two-goal advantage before settling
for a 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City in an exhibition contest this
evening at the Reach 11 Soccer Complex in Scottsdale.

Utahans would get on the board first through FW Álvaro Saborío, who
knocked home a rebounded shot 25 minutes in to get RSL off on the right foot.
That goal would stand along until the halftime break, but it wouldn’t take long
after the interval for RSL to tack on another, as FW Fabian Espíndola
took MF Kyle Beckerman’s feed near the top of the area and lashed a low
shot that snuck inside the far post and SKC ‘keeper Jimmy Nielsen,
stretching the advantage to 2-0 in the 48th minute.

KC would get a goal back just minutes later when a tackle by RSL DF Jamison
inside the area drew a foul, followed by FW Kei Kamara burying
the resulting penalty kick into the upper 90 to bring the score to 2-1 RSL. It
was then SKC FW Omar Bravo bringing things level, as the Mexican
international scored in the 70th minute to bring the scoreline to
its eventual 2-2 outcome.

Real Salt Lake News & Notes

  • Tonight’s
    contest was the first of two between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas
    City in as many days. RSL will conclude its preseason plans in Game #2
    tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. MT, that match also to be contested at the Reach 11
  • All but
    one player on the Real Salt Lake roster – FW Cody Arnoux – is
    healthy and available for selection during the short stay in Scottsdale.
    DF Chris Wingert had been nursing a foot contusion in recent days,
    but suited up and went the distance tonight for the Utah side.
  • While 17
    MLS teams are closing up their preseason activities this week in
    anticipation of MLS First Kick next week, Real Salt Lake is using
    the doubleheader with SKC to prepare for its CONCACAF Champions League
    Semifinal Round match-up with Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa
    . The
    series starts one week from tonight, next Tuesday, March 15, when
    RSL welcomes the “Purple Monster” to Sandy for an 8:00 p.m. MT kickoff.
    A three-week hiatus will take place before the second leg on Tuesday,
    April 5
    , at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica, also
    scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. MT kick (LIVE on FOX Soccer).
  • Tickets
    for the CCL Semifinal first leg are now available and can be purchased 
    online at,
    over the phone at 801-727-2700, or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium
    box office during regular business hours: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. MT. For a
    limited time, Real Salt Lake Season Ticket Holders can purchase additional
    seats to the historic contest for $10, while non-Season Ticket Holders can take
    advantage of a $15 ticket deal.
  • There will
    be little time to rest for Real Salt Lake following next Tuesday’s CCL
    Semifinal first leg, as the Claret-and-Cobalt will begin its 34-game slate
    in 2011 MLS regular season play four days later on Saturday,
    March 19
    , at the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff for the MLS
    First Kick rematch from last season at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara,
    Calif. is set for 8:30 p.m. MT and can be seen live on KMYU.


Salt Lake 2011 Preseason

Salt Lake 2 : 2 Sporting Kansas City

March 8, 2011

11 Soccer Complex – Scottsdale, AZ



– Álvaro Saborío (unassisted) 25

– Fabian Espíndola (Kyle Beckerman) 48

– Kei Kamara (penalty kick) 50

– Omar Bravo (unassisted) 70


Real Salt Lake

Nick Rimando; DF-Robbie Russell, DF-Jamison Olave, DF-Nat Borchers, DF-Chris
Wingert; MF-Kyle Beckerman, MF-Will Johnson, MF-Andy Williams (Nelson González
75), MF-Javier Morales; FW-Álvaro Saborío (Arturo Alvarez 60), FW-Arturo
Alvarez (Fabian Espíndola 30)

Kansas City Line-up

Nielsen; DF-Roger Espinoza, DF-Julio Cesar (Shavar Thomas 75), DF-Matt Besler,
DF-Luke Sassano (Kevin Ellis 46); MF-Stephane Auvray, MF-Milos Stojcev, MF-Davy
Arnaud; FW-Kei Kamara, FW-Birahim Diop (C.J. Sapong 65), FW-Omar Bravo
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