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Real Salt Lake threw all the doubts and fears of inconsistent play aside as they beat the Colorado Rapids very convincingly with a score of 2-0.
After struggling in fixtures against Chivas, most of the game against Portland, and then again against Montreal, tonight’s performance was in doubt. For the past week or so, RSL just couldn’t get passes together as they are so well known for. They seemed to play more laid back and lazy and not defend half as well as they should have. Maybe a Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry match was all they needed.
The fans really got behind the claret and cobalt clad boys! Although it wasn’t a complete sell-out, it sure sounded like one. The volume in the stadium was immense. In fact, Colorado standout Kosuke Kimura even seemed a little flattened by the RSL faithful’s constant booing in his direction after he embellished a soft hit from Olave. And let me tell you, “Believe” was pulsing through the stadium after both the goals.
The Rapid’s fans really seemed to quiet down after conceding the first goal. But honestly, their team wasn’t performing at its best and there wasn’t all that much for the poor fans to cheer about. (Just watch the highlights.)
Fabian Espindola’s goal scoring struggles continued into this match. He slowed the play down on a few breakaways and ended up giving the ball away. He also squandered another chance one on one with Colorado netminder Pickens. However, he did get his third goal of the 2012 campaign. There is a little controversy over him using his hand to control it, but believe me when I say that not many if any of the fans even saw the outstretched arm bring down the ball. He was sandwiched between to Colorado defenders when it happened.
Overall, RSL combined very well. Sebastian Velasquez had an excellent match as did Will Johnson and Luis Gil. Those three have a brilliant future at this club. This was one of those games that was simply fantastic to watch!
UPWARD AND ONWARD RSL!
Real takes a 2-goal advantage in the first leg of the RMC