Recap: RSL gets back to winning ways in Sandy

Jean Alexandre's first MLS goal & assist lead renewed RSL attack

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Photo Credit: 
Melissa Majchrzak / Real Salt Lake

SANDY, Utah - After a rare loss lost week at Rio Tinto Stadium, Real
Salt Lake was able to get back to their winning ways with a 2-0 victory
over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps.

Midfielder Jean Alexandre, who was converted to forward thanks to a
rash of injuries and international call-ups, justified the switch with a
goal in the first half and an assist in the second in a commanding
performance from RSL.

Real Salt Lake started out the first half with the bulk of
possession, stringing together numerous passes, but struggling to create
chances. Meanwhile, Vancouver spent much of the first half struggling
to find the ball, content to sit back in a defensive shell and blunt
attacks where they could.

Nonetheless, it looked like the Whitecaps would end up with the
first quality attempt on goal as Shea Salinas got beyond the defense on
the half hour mark, but his attempted diagonal pass was off the mark and
went all the way across the field and out of play.

Salt Lake would capitalize just a few minutes later, when Kyle
Beckerman was able to thread a pass into Alexander in the 32nd minute,
just beating the offside trap. Alexandre held off a couple of defenders
before cutting toward goal and lifting a shot past keeper Joe Cannon to
open the scoring. The goal was Alexandre’s first in Major League Soccer.

Another good chance would be left wanting just a minute later, as
Fabian Espindola played a well-weighted ball into space for defender
Tony Beltran, but Beltran’s shot from ten yards out was knocked away by
Cannon.

The second half would open with Vancouver bringing a more attack minded approach, but it was RSL who would find paydirt.

After Ned Grabavoy intercepted a Vancouver pass, Alexandre evaded a
midfield challenge with some neat footwork and flicked it into space for
Espindola, who rushed onto the pass. He finished clinically, putting a
low shot into the right side of the net for the 2-0 lead in the 79th
minute.

The Whitecaps had several dangerous chances late in the match, but
were unable to capitalize as Nick Rimando denied Alain Rochat’s 25-yard
scorcher, and defender Chris Schuler did well to foil a break from Omar
Salgado.

The Whitecaps are now 1-6-7, winless in 13 straight and bottom of
the Western Conference. They travel to Seattle next weekend for a
rivalry match.

Real Salt Lake, meanwhile, get back to their winning ways after a
three-match winless run and sit fourth in the West at 6-2-2 with games
in hand. They’ll travel to Columbus on Wednesday for a midweek match-up.

Scoring Summary:
RSL -- Jean Alexandre 1 (Kyle Beckerman 1) 32
RSL -- Fabian Espindola 2 (Jean Alexandre 1) 79

Vancouver Whitecaps -- Joe Cannon, Bilal Duckett,
Jay DeMerit, Mouloud Akloul (Michael Nanchoff 74), Alain Rochat, Shea
Salinas, Gershon Koffie, Peter Vagenas (Alexandre Morfaw 46), Russell
Teibert (Omar Salgado 46), Davide Chiumiento, Camilo.

Substitutes Not Used: Jeb Brovsky, Greg Janicki, Wes Knight, Jay Nolly.

Real Salt Lake -- Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Chris
Schuler, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert, Ned Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman,
Collen Warner (Artur Aghasyan 87), Nelson Gonzalez (Andy Williams 67),
Jean Alexandre (Luis Gil 81), Fabian Espindola.

Substitutes Not Used: Rauwshan McKenzie, Donny Toia, Kyle Reynish.

Misconduct Summary:
VAN -- Jay DeMerit (caution; Reckless Foul) 15
RSL -- Collen Warner (caution; Reckless Foul) 30
VAN -- Gershon Koffie (caution; Dissent) 66

Referee: Juan Guzman
Referee's Assistants: -Fabio Tovar; Ian Anderson
4th Official: Ricardo Salazar
Attendance: 15,174
Time of Game: 1:49
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-73-degrees