Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - Real Salt Lake won its third match over the last
eight days Saturday as Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola scored in a 2-0 win
over the Colorado Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium in Major League Soccer.
Saborio scored his second goal of the season in the 20th minute and Espindola
followed with his third of the year and 29th of his career, which tied the RSL
team record for all-time goals, in the 57th.
Real (5-1-0) has won five of its six matches this season, with a 1-0 defeat to
Chivas USA the lone setback. RSL will visit Sporting Kansas City next week for
a showdown of five-win teams. K.C. has won all five of its games this year.
Colorado (3-2-0) lost for the second time in its last three games, and slipped
six points off the pace of first-place RSL in the Western Conference.
Real took control of the first of three Rocky Mountain Cup matches this season
when Saborio scored in the 20th minute. Tony Beltran played the ball into the
penalty area, where Saborio settled with his chest and fired past Pickens.
RSL easily held its one-goal cushion through halftime and continued to control
the match after the break.
Kyle Beckerman lifted an 18-yard shot just over the crossbar in the 48th, and
Espindola had an open Saborio in sight in the 52nd when a last-second sliding
tackle from Tyrone Marshall denied a sure goal.
Espindola and Saborio nearly connected minutes later, but Saborio was offsides
when he headed off the bar.
Real Salt Lake would not be denied again before the hour mark as Espindola was
able to chest down a Luis Gil pass, avoid Colorado defenders Marvell Wynne and
Kosuke Kimura, and slot past Pickens from the middle of the area.
Pickens believed Espindola played the ball down with his hand, and it appeared
he did, but referee Jair Marrufo let the goal stand. Espindola tied former RSL
striker Robbie Findley atop the team's all-time scoring list.
Colorado nearly pulled a goal back with 15 minutes remaining in normal time as
Martin Rivero dipped a free kick over Real goalie Nick Rimando, but caught the
face of the crossbar.
Rimando was rarely troubled otherwise, as he made just one save for his third
shutout of the season.
While Real will gear up for the clash in Kansas City against the East leaders
on April 14, Colorado will have to refocus for a visit to Seattle Sounders FC
the same day for its next match.
The Sports Network