Alvaro Saborio scored from 10 yards away early in the 56th
minute, and a rare gaffe by Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller
resulted in an own goal as Real Salt Lake hung on for a 2-1 victory
over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.
Salt Lake (13-7-6) won its third in a row. The Sounders (13-6-9)
had a four-game unbeaten streak halted.
Saborio set up his own game-winner when he picked up a loose
ball in the penalty area, deked around Sounders defender Tyson Wahl
and, from an angle to the right, and beat Keller to the back left
”I just had to control the ball and kick it,” said Saborio,
who scored his team-leading eighth goal of the year. ”We were
hoping for the win, and we have to continue like that.”
At the outset of the 13th minute, Salt Lake’s Fabian Espindola
sent a ball from the top left corner of the box toward the far
post. Keller appeared to grab it at the post with Kyle Beckerman
right there, and then lose his grip on it. He said afterward what
he was really trying to do was knock the ball out of danger, but
instead sent it trickling into the back right corner.
”It was a good cross into the box, and I scrambled to get it,
and it kind of chucked off the turf a little bit,” Keller said.
”I didn’t want to leave a rebound out in the middle, so I tried to
hook it out for a corner and just got too much on it and ended up
hooking it into my own net. Simple at that – it was my fault.”
Mauro Rosales could have tied it for Seattle just 4 minutes
later, but sent a penalty kick barely wide left. That was the the
third time on eight attempts that the Sounders have missed from the
spot this season.
Fredy Montero did tie it with about 30 seconds remaining in
first-half stoppage time with a blast from the top of the 6-yard
box past Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Midway through the 69th minute, Rimando helped preserve Real
Salt Lake’s lead when he literally put his face in front of a hard
shot by Seattle’s Tyson Wahl that was taken from 12 yards straight
in front of the net.
”Those are the ones you don’t expect to make, and you don’t
train for them,” Rimando said. ”When they happen, you don’t want
them to go in the back of the net. But the guys kept on playing, so
I saved it with my face.”
Both teams finished with 10 men after each side had a player
sent off by referee Mark Kadlecik midway through the first half –
Tony Beltran of RSL on his second yellow of the game, and Seattle’s
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado less than 4 minutes later on a straight red
for a hard tackle.
”I’m proud of the fact that they stuck together and kept
working extremely hard and stayed disciplined through some pretty
interesting decisions in the first half and some dire
circumstances,” Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis said. ”In two of the
past three matches, we’ve had a player ejected early in the match
and the group has stayed very resilient.”
Sounders oach Sigi Schmid felt his team should have garnered at
least a point instead of going away empty.
”Sometimes, games go like this,” he said. ”In the first half
especially and some in the second half, I thought we had some in
the second half, there were some good moments where we got in and
created some chances, where we got behind them on the flanks, which
is exactly what we talked about. But at the end of the day, we
Between the ninth and 11th minutes, thousands of the 35,940 fans
at Century Link Field waved miniature American flags in recognition
of Sunday’s 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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