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April 20, 2013 9:05 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ J. Gonzalez‎
Attendance:‬ 14900‎
 
 

Real Salt Lake 1-0 Chivas USA: Edgar Mejia ejected and misses penalty in road loss

Javier Morales scored a rare header to lead Real Salt Lake to a 1-0 win over visiting Chivas USA.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Carlos Alvarez, Chivas USA; Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake; MLS
Chris Nicoll
Real Salt Lake beat Chivas USA, 1-0, on Saturday to lift the Utah club one point higher than the Goats in the Western Conference.

"I really felt like that was one of the most complicated games I’ve coached against," RSL coach Jason Kreis said. "Some of the tactical positions that they were making were stuff that we just don’t see in our league too often. In our league, we don’t see teams come and try to be that aggressive as they were here."

Midway through the first half, Ned Grabavoy handled a deflected Chivas USA corner. Nick Rimando made a diving save to push Edgar Mejia's penalty away and keep the game goalless.

"I kept on second guessing myself on PKs leading up to this one today," Rimando said. "I kind of stuck to my guns and really committed to myself to go to my left. He kind of opened up early and I was there for the save."

RSL opened the scoring early in the second half. Javier Morales collected an errant pass in his own half and started a flowing move that ended up with Alvaro Saborio on the right side of the Chivas USA box. Saborio crossed and Morales peeled off his marker to head home unmarked.

In the fourth minute of stoppage, Mejía was ejected. Additionally, Bobby Burling picked up his fifth yellow card of the season and will sit out a game with suspension.

"I think if you didn’t enjoy watching that game," Jason Kreis said, "you probably think about not watching soccer anymore because these were two teams that just went at it."

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Real Salt Lake

18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Tony Beltran
Defender
 - 
6
Nat Borchers
Defender
 - 
28
Chris Schuler
Defender
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
90′
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11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
53′ 90′
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-
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20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
76′
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21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
75′
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15
A. Saborío
Striker
 - 

Chivas USA

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1
Dan Kennedy
Goalkeeper
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2
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33
M. de Luna
Defender
18′ 40′
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-
 - 
19
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-
E. Mejía
Midfielder
92′
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20
Carlos Alvarez
Midfielder
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-
Marvin Iraheta
Midfielder
58′
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15
Eric Avila
Midfielder
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-
J. Morales
Striker
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-
J. Correa
Striker

Substitutes

12
Josh Saunders
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
17
 - 
9
 - 
26
 - 
8
 - 
10
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Substitutes

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28
Tim Melia
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
25
Steve Purdy
Defender
 - 
18
Josue Soto
Midfielder
 - 
-
J. Rivera
Striker
 - 
7
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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting Kansas City
4 1