Real Salt Lakes wins a dramatic one at the RioT
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Superhero comic worthy heroics came into play for Real Salt Lake in their dramatic 3-2 triumph over Toronto FC. It’s one of those games that’ll be remembered throughout the rest of the season, especially if the points get close at the end. This could have easily been a 2-2 draw worth only a measly point against the league’s cellar dwellers.
The game started off with an obviously desperate and rather lackluster Toronto chasing a thriving Real Salt Lake that seemed to have regained its famous stalwart possession-oriented swagger. RSL passed the ball around midfielders and took the most out of their first corner kick thanks to Olave, Schuler, and Beckerman who provided the first tally of the game.
After that, it was almost a given that Real would hit the back of the net again before the end of the half. Their passing was excellent. They were lucky not to concede when Jamison Olave committed a foul in the penalty area. Torsten Frings sent an uncharacteristic shot off the post and out. All of Rio Tinto thought that their side had taken a two goal advantage when Alvaro Saborio nodded a well-placed cross past a flailing goalkeeper. Unfortunately, the sideline referee (who was a little bit out of position) called Sabo offsides.
The second half spun the whole game out of its flow. RSL was giving up more possession as the clock ticked on. Toronto’s momentum led to a goal from Eric Avila (who seems to be very lethal against Real). The Avila goal led to more and more momentum for Toronto. Avila went for a wonder strike that left Real Salt Lake fans pulling at their hair. The fantastic curler met the top corner of the framework and ricocheted away.
Fortunately for RSL, they were able to pull back into the lead via a perfect cross from Fabian Espindola meant for Saborio. Sabo actually never quite connected with the ball, but his great positioning and pressure led to Toronto FC defender, Eckersley scoring an own goal off of his knee.
On the other end Toronto stood up even to Real when 18-year-old defender Henry, who had replaced Eckersley, lost Saborio and headed a goal home past Nick Rimando.
Things were getting gritty for Real Salt Lake. With the little amount of time on the clock slipping through their fingers, they fell back into the “RSL Way” passing and moving. Thanks to some smart substitutions by coach Jason Kreis, Real was able to press forward harder with Luis Gil and Jonny Steele. The intense pressure eventually payed off when Javier Morales flew through a defender on the edge of the 18-yard box with a stylish flick and a powerful cross to Beckerman who stretched his whole body out to lay off the ball to our Irishman Steele, who calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net. The antsy crowd erupted into celebration and verses of “Believe”.
What more could be wanted from an RSL fan?
GO REAL SALT LAKE!!!