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Played
August 24, 2013 9:30 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ S. Petrescu‎
Attendance:‬ 18398‎
 
45+1′ Kyle Beckerman
 
 
83′ Luis Gil
 
 

Real Salt Lake 4-0 Columbus Crew: Royals extend lead with big home win

RSL bolstered its Supporters' Shield credentials with an emphatic win over struggling Columbus.

By Keith Hickey

Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake, MLS
Chris Nicoll
Real Salt Lake gave itself some breathing toom at the top of the Major League Soccer Supporters' Shield race with a 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew.

The Montreal Impact and LA Galaxy had inched closer to the Royals with wins earlier in the day, but the Claret-and-Cobalt cruised to three points to open up daylight.

Real Salt Lake's first goal was somewhat fortuitous right at the end of the first half. Javier Morales' free kick deflected off the Columbus wall and again off Kyle Beckerman, the changes in flight sending goalkeeper Matt Lampson the wrong way.

Devon Sandoval finished a good RSL passing move for the second, racing into the box to touch home an Olmes Garcia cross after he was played down the wing by Javier Morales.

Young star Luis Gil ended even the most fervest hopes of a Crew comeback with an 82nd-minute goal. Picking up Ned Grabavoy's slide-rule pass inside the box, Gil sidestepped a defender and picked his spot past Lampson.

Beckerman added his second of the night right at the end of regular time. Sebastian Velasquez's deflected cross fell to the unmarked midfielder, who teed up to hit home.

Things somehow managed to get even worse for Columbus in stoppage time, with Federico Higuain picking up a second yellow card and extending an accumulation suspension he was already due to recieve for his first caution.


Real Salt Lake

18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Tony Beltran
Defender
 - 
6
Nat Borchers
Defender
 - 
16
Carlos Salcedo
Defender
 - 
17
Chris Wingert
Defender
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5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
46′ 89′
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11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
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21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
83′
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20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
87′
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49
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Columbus Crew

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28
Matt Lampson
Goalkeeper
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-
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21
Chad Barson
Defender
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3
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14
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20
William Trapp
Midfielder
 - 
24
A. Viana
Defender
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8
 - 
17
Ben Speas
Midfielder
74′
 - 
19
J. Arrieta
Striker
62′
 - 
10

Substitutes

24
Jeff Attinella
Goalkeeper
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29
K. Mansally
Defender
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
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12
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26
 - 
8
Joao Plata
Striker
 - 
10
 - 

Substitutes

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-
Daniel Withrow
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Tyson Wahl
Defender
 - 
6
Tony Tchani
Midfielder
63′
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13
Ethan Finlay
Midfielder
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-
 - 
23
Kevan George
Midfielder
 - 
26

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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
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
Striker
NY Red Bulls
4 1