Real Salt Lake bounced back from their loss at home last week in a big way as the team hosted Star Wars night against Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium.
RSL controlled possession in the first half, but the final pass and lethal finish wasn’t there, and both teams went into half time on level terms. With Alvaro Saborio and Robbie Findley out due to injury, the team really seemed to be struggling to find the back of the net. The attacking trio of Javier Morales, Devon Sandoval, and Joao Plata were making good passes and runs, but the finishing touch was missing. The most dangerous chance for RSL came in the 39th minute when a corner from Morales found the head of Schuler who failed to keep his shot on frame.
Jedi Master Jason Kreis must have given his team quite the pep talk at half time, because RSL came out of the gates fast. In the 47th minute, RSL goalkeeper, Nick Rimando, started the counter attack from a goal kick that found the path of a speedy Joao Plata. Plata took two touches before crossing the ball to an onrushing Luis Gil who, using the force, headed the ball in, giving RSL the lead! Gil unfortunately suffered a right ankle contusion and had to be subbed off after a few minutes.
Vancouver had a chance of their own after the goal. Cory Hertzog beat Nick Rimando and slid the ball past him. It looked as if the ball was going in until Nat Borchers heroically slid and cleared the ball off the goal line!
RSL weren’t done scoring, though. Joao Plata was once again involved in the attack as he craftily slipped the ball into Javier Morales. Javier kept his composure and cooly finished to the low left of Joe Cannon in the 72nd minute. The score would stay at 2-0 and the fans went home much happier than last week.
It should also be noted that Nick Rimando registered his 7th assist, and 4th game winning assist.