Real Salt Lake
Portland Timbers
Sunday, November 10, 20139:00 PM
Rio Tinto StadiumMLS PlayoffsClearESPN,WatchESPN,ESPN DeportesAttendance: 17333

Match Summary



TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 90'+4'PORFrédéric Piquionne
  • Jack Jewsbury
 82'RSLJavier Morales
  • Joao Plata
 48'RSLDevon Sandoval
  • Robbie Findley
  • Javier Morales
 41'RSLRobbie Findley 
 35'RSLChris Schuler
  • Javier Morales
 14'PORWill Johnson 


 90'POR José Adolfo ValenciaFoul


Ned Grabavoy (M)
Javier Morales (M)
Frédéric Piquionne (F)
Rodney Wallace (F)
Joao Plata (M)
Robbie Findley (F)
José Adolfo Valencia (F)
Ryan Johnson (F)
Kalif Alhassan (M)
Diego Valeri (M)
Lovel Palmer (D)
Chris Wingert (D)

Starting Formations



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Real Salt Lake
18GNick Rimando
2DTony Beltran
6DNat Borchers
28DChris Schuler
17DChris Wingert
5MKyle Beckerman
26MSebastian Velasquez
21MLuis Gil
11MJavier Morales
10FRobbie Findley
49FDevon Sandoval
Portland Timbers
1GDonovan Ricketts
13DJack Jewsbury
98DMamadou Danso
44DPa-Modou Kah
5DMichael Harrington
21MDiego Chara
4MWill Johnson
8MDiego Valeri
6FDarlington Nagbe
9FRyan Johnson
22FRodney Wallace
23Khari Stephenson
7Lovel Palmer
20Ned Grabavoy
24Jeff Attinella
12Cole Grossman
8Joao Plata
13Olmes García
10Frédéric Piquionne
7Sal Zizzo
30Milos Kocic
14Ben Zemanski
11Kalif Alhassan
20José Adolfo Valencia
35Andrew Jean-Baptiste
  Jason Kreis
  Caleb Porter

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RefereeArmando Villarreal  
Assistant RefereeGeorge Ganser  
Assistant RefereeFrank Anderson  
Fourth OfficialBaldomero Toledo  
Sunday, November 10, 2013
9:00 PM
Rio Tinto Stadium
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SANDY, Utah — Real Salt Lake extended their confounding mastery of the Portland Timbers with a 4-2 win in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday, playmaker Javier Morales leading the way with a goal and two assists. 

The result puts RSL in good stead for the second leg in Portland on Nov. 24, though the Timbers will carry some hope home as a late consolation goal saved them from a daunting 4-1 aggregate deficit. 

RSL are unbeaten in their last nine games against Portland in all competitions, and also ended the Timbers' unbeaten streak at 10. Portland remain winless (0-5-1) in Utah.

Timbers captain Will Johnson put his former old team in serious trouble just 13 minutes into the game when he lined up a free kick from 25 yards out. Johnson, who was traded from Salt Lake to Portland last winter, struck a knuckling, dipping shot that handcuffed RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando and flew into the net for an early Portland advantage.

But Morales began the comeback when he worked the ball into the box and deflected it off Portland midfield Diego Chara for a corner kick in the 35th minute. The RSL playmaker's delivery found the head of defender Chris Schuler, who outleaped his counterpart Futty Danso and headed it in for his second goal in as many games.

A hard-charging Robbie Findley exploited a mistake by Danso to put Real ahead in the 41st minute, giving the hosts a lead they would not relinquish.

RSL took control of the game just three minutes into the second half. After a sweet pass from Morales, Findley took the ball into the Timbers box and passed it off to Devon Sandoval, who held off Jack Jewsbury and steadied himself before sending the ball past a helpless Donovan Ricketts.

Sandoval was starting in place of RSL leading scorer Alvaro Saborio, who suffered a hip flexor strain against LA on Thursday. RSL's offensive attack was expected to suffer without Saborio, who has scored seven goals in six appearances against Portland, but the four-goal output was the most any team had put up against the Timbers since Aug. 30, when this same RSL team beat Portland 4-2 in this same stadium.

In the 82nd minute, it was Morales' turn to put the ball in the net as he stooped to head a corner kick from Joao Plata past Ricketts.

But Portland grabbed a pivotal goal back in the 94th minute when substitute Frederic Piquionne's thumping header trimmed the aggregate score to make the second leg a bit more intriguing. The two teams tied (3-3 and 0-0) in two regular-season meetings at JELD-WEN Field

Because of the FIFA international dates from Nov. 15-19, both Conference Championship series take a two-week break. RSL visit Portland for the second leg on Sunday, Nov. 24 (9 pm ET, ESPN). Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Javier Morales Two assists and a goal only begins to express the Argentine's influence on his team's rhythm and effectiveness.
2 Devon Sandoval Powerful, clever and composed -- all this from a rookie who fell to No. 29 in the SuperDraft board back in January.
3 Kyle Beckerman As usual, the story behind the story. Blunted the vaunted Timbers midfield and led by example with heart and smarts.