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Real Salt Lake
RSL
Final
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Chivas USA
CHV
Wednesday, October 23, 20139:00 PM
Rio Tinto StadiumMLS Regular SeasonSunnyMLS LIVEAttendance: 20447

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 77'CHVJulio Morales
  • Carlo Chueca
 52'RSLJoao Plata 
 49'RSLAlvaro Saborio 
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 47'CHV Oswaldo MindaFoul
 45'+1'CHV Erick TorresDissent
 31'RSL Nat BorchersOff the ball foul
 13'RSL Chris SchulerFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 76'CHV
Julio Morales (F)
Bryan de la Fuente (M)
 76'CHV
Matthew Fondy (F)
Oswaldo Minda (M)
 62'RSL
Robbie Findley (F)
Joao Plata (F)
 58'CHV
Carlo Chueca (M)
Carlos Alvarez (M)
 HTRSL
Javier Morales (M)
Yordany Alvarez (M)
 9'RSL
Tony Beltran (D)
Lovel Palmer (D)

Starting Formations

18Rimando7Palmer6Borchers28Schuler17Wingert14Alvarez20Grabavoy5Beckerman21Gil8Plata15SaborioM101122412261328Melia5Borja3de Luna4Bocanegra17Frias8Mejía30Oswaldo Minda15Avila20Alvarez14de la Fuente10TorresM1913312492126RAA4

Lineups

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Real Salt Lake
18GNick Rimando
7DLovel Palmer
6DNat Borchers
28DChris Schuler
17DChris Wingert
14MYordany Alvarez
20MNed Grabavoy
5MKyle Beckerman
21MLuis Gil
8FJoao Plata
15FAlvaro Saborio
Chivas USA
28GTim Melia
5DCarlos Borja
3DMario de Luna
4DCarlos Bocanegra
17DJaime Frias
8MEdgar Mejía
30MOswaldo Minda
15MEric Avila
20MCarlos Alvarez
14MBryan de la Fuente
10FErick Torres
Bench
10Robbie Findley
11Javier Morales
2Tony Beltran
24Jeff Attinella
12Cole Grossman
26Sebastian Velasquez
13Olmes García
 
19Jorge Villafaña
13Josue Soto
31Marvin Iraheta
24Patrick McLain
9Julio Morales
21Carlo Chueca
26Matthew Fondy
Managers
  Jason Kreis
 
  José Luis Real
OFFICIALS

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RefereeSilviu Petrescu  
Assistant RefereeDaniel Belleau  
Assistant RefereePeter Manikowski  
Fourth OfficialIsmail Elfath  
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
9:00 PM
Rio Tinto Stadium
MLS LIVE

SANDY, Utah — Real Salt Lake kept their hopes of a Western Conference championship and a Supporters' Shield alive with a win over Chivas USA on Wednesday, breaking out of a scoring slump with a 2-1 win in their regular-season finale.

Chivas, meanwhile, came into Rio Tinto Stadium with a very different team than the last time they faced RSL, but left with the same old result — its third loss to Salt Lake this season and fifth consecutive overall.

Four minutes into the second half, Chivas midfielder Edgar Mejía was whistled for a handball in the box. RSL's Álvaro Saborío stepped up and drilled the ball to the right side of the net as goalkeeper Tim Melia dove to the left, giving the home team a lead it would never relinquish.

Just three minutes later, Salt Lake forward Joao Plata scored what proved to be the winning goal when teammate Javier Morales was dispossessed of the ball. It fell in front of Plata, who banged in an unassisted goal from 20 yards out, catching Melia flat-footed.

Real Salt Lake squandered chance after chance over the next 15 minutes, only to see Chivas' Julio Morales pull his team within a goal the 77th minute when he slipped past defender Tony Beltran and slipped the ball past goalkeeper Nick Rimando. That left the home team to fend off several good Chivas chances in the last 16 minutes of play to preserve the win.

The second-half scoring followed a first half in which neither team looked overly dangerous. Chivas had four shots on goal, one on target, but never seriously threatened.

And Real continued to look like a team that has forgotten how to score. Despite 63 percent of the possession and seven shots on goal, two on target, Salt Lake had little more than half-chances off free kicks that no one could finish. And the best chances were sent directly into the hands of Melia.

Forward Erick Torres couldn't manage a goal for Chivas, but he did manage to draw yellow cards on both Salt Lake center backs — Chris Schuler and Nat Borchers — in the first 31 minutes. Torres was yellow-carded himself in stoppage time of the first half when he was whistled for a foul and communicated his displeasure to referee Silviu Petrescu.

The victory assured Real Salt Lake (16-10-8, 56 points) of finishing no worse than second in the Western Conference, and vaulted the Claret-and-Cobalt past Portland into first place in the conference and into a tie with New York at the top of the Supporters' Shield table — at least temporarily. Salt Lake needs Portland to lose to or tie to win the conference; to win the shield, Kansas City must also either lose or tie and New York must lose.

Cellar-dwelling Chivas (6-19-8, 26 points) close out their season hosting Portland on Saturday. And, ironically, the Goats could hand RSL the conference championship by winning or tying.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Nick Rimando The RSL 'keeper was up to his usual tricks, making a number of Save-of-the-Week-calibur stops, leading his club to victory.
2 Joao Plata Before coming out 60 minutes into the match, the striker made a lot happen, and culminated with a skillful goal from distance.
3 Tim Melia Chivas' backup came in and took charge on the field. He made a number of quality saves, but couldn't catch up to two well-placed shots.