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Real Salt Lake
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San Jose Earthquakes
SJ
Saturday, September 21, 20139:00 PM
Rio Tinto StadiumMLS Regular SeasonSunnyMLS LIVEAttendance: 20504

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 21'SJSteven Lenhart
  • Shea Salinas
 19'RSLJavier Morales
  • Kyle Beckerman
 18'SJSteven Lenhart
  • Cordell Cato
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 90'+3'SJ Jon BuschTime wasting
 73'SJ Victor BernardezFoul
 67'SJ Clarence GoodsonFoul
 65'RSL Chris WingertFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 90'+1'SJ
Alan Gordon (F)
Steven Lenhart (F)
 79'RSL
Robbie Findley (F)
Carlos Salcedo (D)
 74'SJ
Justin Morrow (D)
Shea Salinas (M)
 71'SJ
Jason Hernandez (D)
Clarence Goodson (D)
 59'RSL
Olmes García (F)
Devon Sandoval (F)
 59'RSL
Luis Gil (M)
Khari Stephenson (M)

Starting Formations

18Rimando2Beltran16Salcedo6Borchers17Wingert5Beckerman20Grabavoy23Stephenson11Morales8Plata49SandovalM710212412141318Busch33Beitashour5Bernardez44Goodson22Stewart7Cato30Baca4Cronin6Salinas16Lenhart8WondolowskiM1224211511914RAA4

Lineups

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Real Salt Lake
18GNick Rimando
2DTony Beltran
16DCarlos Salcedo
6DNat Borchers
17DChris Wingert
5MKyle Beckerman
20MNed Grabavoy
23MKhari Stephenson
11MJavier Morales
8FJoao Plata
49FDevon Sandoval
San Jose Earthquakes
18GJon Busch
33DSteven Beitashour
5DVictor Bernardez
44DClarence Goodson
22DJordan Stewart
7MCordell Cato
30MRafael Baca
4MSam Cronin
6MShea Salinas
16FSteven Lenhart
8FChris Wondolowski
Bench
7Lovel Palmer
10Robbie Findley
21Luis Gil
24Jeff Attinella
12Cole Grossman
14Yordany Alvarez
13Olmes García
 
12Ramiro Corrales
24Alan Gordon
21Jason Hernandez
15Justin Morrow
1David Bingham
19Jaime Alas
14Adam Jahn
Managers
  Jason Kreis
 
  Mark Watson
OFFICIALS

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RefereeChris Penso  
Assistant RefereeColin Arblaster  
Assistant RefereeMike Kampmeinert  
Fourth OfficialRicardo Salazar  
Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:00 PM
Rio Tinto Stadium
MLS LIVE

SANDY, Utah — For only the second time this season, Real Salt Lake lost back-to-back games while the San Jose Earthquakes kept their slim playoff hopes alive as a Steven Lenhart brace led them to a 2-1 win Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Lenhart scored two goals in a span of four wild minutes that also saw RSL score their lone goal. Lenhart first headed home a cross in the 18th minute before Javier Morales equalized with ease off a corner kick one minute later. Lenhart, however, gave the Earthquakes the lead for good in the 21st, nodding home a free kick that stunned RSL and the crowd.

The victory was the second on the road this season for San Jose (11-11-8, 41 points) and moves the Earthquakes within three points of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. For RSL, the result leaves them two points shy of the Seattle Sounders for the top spot in the West.

Real Salt Lake (14-10-6, 48 points) were the better side for much of the first half, but poor defensive plays allowed the Earthquakes to take two seperate leads. Lenhart, who came into game with two goals on the season, punished Real Salt Lake when he thundered home a Cordell Cato cross in the 18th minute before putting his finger to his lips to quiet the sold-out Rio Tinto crowd of 20,504.

A minute later, Morales scored off a corner from Kyle Beckerman. The RSL playmaker found himself completely unmarked at the edge of the goal for an easy one-time hit past Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch.

San Jose gave Real Salt Lake a taste of their own medicine shortly thereafter, as Lenhart responded to Morales' equalizer by netting the winner. Shea Salinas got the assist on the goal as he sent in a free kick from the left side that Lenhart got his head on and knocked it past a helpless RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

After playing 198 scoreless minutes against Real Salt Lake this season, San Jose netted two goals in a span of 180 seconds.

For a short time, the 'Quakes looked like last-season's Supporter's Shield winners with the way they were putting the ball in the box and finding guys to put the ball away. The offense was more reminiscent of the one that netted 82 goals than the one that had 29 coming into Saturday.

But the offensive bursts didn't last long. After the second Lenhart strike, RSL again took control of the match. The hosts' passing and possession advantage became larger and larger with San Jose packing the numbers behind the ball in an attempt to try and keep the lead.

Rimando did a great job keeping RSL within the one strike as he stoned Chris Wondolowski's potent header in the 49th minute. It was vintage Rimando as his used his amazing reaction ability and body control to palm the ball over the top off the crossbar.

RSL, who were without striker Alvaro Saborio, tried to make some more offensive moves as they brought in Luis Gil in for Khari Stephenson and Olmes Garcia in for Devon Sandoval before eventually going to a three-forward lineup when they subbed off defender Carlos Salcedo for Robbie Findley. But nothing could break through a stingy San Jose defense led by center back Clarence Goodson, who was forced to leave the match in the second half with an injury.

The Earthquakes will return to the field next Sunday when they travel to play Chivas USA. Real Salt Lake, meanwhile, have their last trip north of the border next Saturday, as they travel to play the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Steven Lenhart The two goals were his most noteworthy contributions, but he also kept Real Salt Lake's back line busy and had some good passes to keep attacks alive.
2 Clarence Goodson He had his hands full from the onset and was forced off with an injury in the second half, but Goodson was mostly solid at the back while helping lead San Jose to a big win.
3 Kyle Beckerman Kept the ball moving and snuffed out several attacks. The service on his corner kick to find Morales for the immediate response to Lenhart's opener was impressive.