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Real Salt Lake
RSL
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Toronto FC
TOR
Saturday, March 29, 20149:30 PM
Rio Tinto StadiumMLS Regular SeasonWindyTSN2,MLS LIVE,ABC 4Attendance: 18881

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 55'RSLAlvaro Saborio
  • Javier Morales
  • Kyle Beckerman
 28'RSLLuis Gil 
 11'RSLAlvaro Saborio 
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 38'RSL Chris SchulerFoul
 35'TOR Steven CaldwellOff the ball foul
 31'TOR Doneil HenryFoul
 29'TOR Jermain DefoeFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 89'RSL
Luke Mulholland (M)
Javier Morales (M)
 84'RSL
Devon Sandoval (F)
Olmes García (F)
 78'TOR
Kyle Bekker (M)
Jeremy Hall (M)
 62'TOR
Dwayne De Rosario (M)
Jermain Defoe (F)
 59'TOR
Issey Nakajima-Farran (M)
Bradley Orr (D)
 58'RSL
Rich Balchan (D)
Chris Wingert (D)

Starting Formations

18Rimando2Beltran6Borchers28Schuler17Wingert5Beckerman20Grabavoy21Gil11Morales13García15SaborioM2524122749191630Julio César16Orr13Caldwell15Henry2Morrow28Bloom25Hall4Bradley23Rey18Defoe9GilbertoM142032125178RAA4

Lineups

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Real Salt Lake
18GNick Rimando
2DTony Beltran
6DNat Borchers
28DChris Schuler
17DChris Wingert
5MKyle Beckerman
20MNed Grabavoy
21MLuis Gil
11MJavier Morales
13FOlmes García
15FAlvaro Saborio
Toronto FC
30GJulio César
16DBradley Orr
13DSteven Caldwell
15DDoneil Henry
2DJustin Morrow
28MMark Bloom
25MJeremy Hall
4MMichael Bradley
23MÁlvaro Rey
18FJermain Defoe
9FGilberto
Bench
25Rich Balchan
24Jeff Attinella
12Cole Grossman
27John Stertzer
49Devon Sandoval
19Luke Mulholland
16Carlos Salcedo
 
14Dwayne De Rosario
20Issey Nakajima-Farran
32Andrew Wiedeman
12Joe Bendik
5Ashtone Morgan
17Nick Hagglund
8Kyle Bekker
Managers
  Jeff Cassar
 
  Ryan Nelsen
OFFICIALS

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RefereeBaldomero Toledo  
Assistant RefereeMike Rottersman  
Assistant RefereeFabio Tovar  
Fourth OfficialDrew Fischer  
Saturday, March 29, 2014
9:30 PM
Rio Tinto Stadium
TSN2,MLS LIVE,ABC 4

SANDY, Utah — New-look Toronto FC may have enjoyed a dream first two games this season, but Real Salt Lake gave them a nightmare of a third.

RSL handed TFC their first loss of the season on Saturday, claiming an emphatic 3-0 victory at Rio Tinto Stadium. Alvario Saborio led the way in the triumph with a brace that included an early penalty kick, and so too did an impressive Javier Morales. Luis Gil scored the other goal for the hosts.

The result kept RSL undefeated at 2-0-2 under first-year head coach Jeff Cassar while dropping TFC to 2-1 and giving the star-studded Reds a hard lesson.

Saborio's first goal came when referee Baldomero Toledo pointed to the spot in the 10th minute after Toronto defender Doneil Henry gave him little choice. Just inside the 18, Henry was anything but subtle as he spun Saborio around and flung him to the turf.

Saborio took the PK himself and made it look easy. As TFC goalkeeper Julio Cesar dove to his right, Sabrio gently but firmly placed his shot in the opposite direction to put RSL up 1-0. The goal improved the Costa Rican's efficiency on PKs to 92.3 percent, as he's now 12 for 13.

Gil then added the second in the 28th minute. Saborio dummied a ball that made its way to defender Chris Wingert's, whose shot rebounded and fell at Gil's feet. The 20-year-old midfielder then took a shot that was deflected before beating Cesar.

In the stands watching Gil's first goal since Aug. 30 of last year was US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was high-fived by RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen after the goal.

TFC fell further behind in the 55th minute. Morales popped the ball up over the defenders and inside the 18, where Saborio latched onto the pass and flicked it off the inside of the right post to put his RSL up 3-0.

The Claret-and-Cobalt continued to control much of the run of play for the remainder of the game. But the home team also had to stave off a number of TFC attacks, and Nick Rimando got some help from the post on a shot by Michael Bradley to preserve his 110th career shutout — two short of the all-time MLS record held by the retired Kevin Hartman.

Toronto forward Jermain Defoe, who had buried all three of his team's goals as they got off to a 2-0 start, was held scoreless in the match. Not that he didn't have chances, but Salt Lake's defenders repeatedly played him off the ball until he was subbed out — heading straight to the locker room with a member of the training staff — for Dwayne De Rosario in the 61st minute.

Real Salt Lake's next game will see them take on Sporting Kansas City on Saturday for a rematch of December's MLS Cup final. TFC, meanwhile, continue their road trip with a Saturday match at Columbus.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Javier Morales Didn't find the back of the net, but helped RSL's midfield dominate that of TFC. Had a magnificent assist to highlight his impressive performance.
2 Alvaro Saborio Set the tone for the win by drawing and converting an early PK. Also netted on a well-taken effort in the second half to cap the scoring.
3 Kyle Beckerman Was a big part of the reason why Real Salt Lake dominated the match for large stretches, snuffing out several TFC attacks and quickly moving the ball forward.