After three games on the road, Real Salt Lake returned home to play their first of a possible six home matches. While the first half remained scoreless, Chicago were lucky to escape unscathed; mainly due to the heroics of goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
RSL had their first good chance in the 28th minute when Joao Plata ran onto a through ball and tried to curve it into the top corner, but Johnson got a hand to it and pushed it away. Two minutes later, Robbie Findley tried almost the same shot from the other side of the 18 yard box, but once again, Johnson pawed it away.
The Fire had a chance of their own in the 38th minute. Patrick Nyarko stole the ball from Javier Morales and split the two RSL center backs and took a shot, but not before rookie center back, Carlos Salcedo, could track back and make a crucial tackle which prevented the shot from making it on frame.
The second half started with RSL putting more pressure on the Chicago defense. Luis Gil laid the ball off to fullback, Chris Wingert, who took a shot with conviction, but Johnson was there to deny him.
Alvaro Saborio made his first appearance since April, due to injury, coming off the bench and with his first touches of the ball, almost chipped Johnson to score the opening goal, but the shot went just wide. Javier Morales took one of his signature free kicks in the 76th minute, beat the wall, but Sean Johnson tipped it away and it hit the crossbar. The game remained 0-0.
RSL’s break through finally cam in the 78th minute when Sebastian Velasquez passed the ball to Ned Grabavoy who sent a perfect cross to the head of Alvaro Saborio, who made no mistake in putting it away. Welcome back, Sabo!
The lead held until the 84th minute when Quincy Amarikwa flew through the air and reached the ball first, putting it past Nick Rimando. Despite the RSL pressure, the Fire were able to hold on, and the score held.