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September 28, 2013 7:00 PM EDT
BC Place Stadium — Vancouver, British Columbia
Referee:‬ B. Toledo‎
Attendance:‬ 21000‎
 
 

Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 Real Salt Lake: RSL re-takes Shield lead

The Cobalt and Claret kept their hopes of a domestic treble alive with an important result that could hurt the 'Caps.

By Keith Hickey

Jason Kreis, Real Salt Lake, MLS
Victor Decolongon
Real Salt Lake defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 at BC Place to reclaim the top spot in MLS for the time being and put a potentially fatal wound in Vancouver's playoff hopes/.

The visitors, with one eye on Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup final, reted a number of starters. Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Javier Morales were uninvolvedand the questionable Alvaro Saborio was similarly not risked.

Real Salt Lake found the game's lone goal early. Lovel Palmer was unchallenged charging forward from right back, and had the time to serve up an excellent cross to Devon Sandoval, who slipped away from Jay DeMerit to connect a powerful header and put the ball in the back of the net.

The Royals showed little sign of missing their rested key players, out-passing and out-possessing the home side. Deputy goalkeeper Jeff Attinella came up with several key stops, including a 14th-minute smothering of a Vancouver counterattack and a reflexive 36th-minute save to deny Russell Teibert.

RSL (15-10-6) now has the best record in the league, although level-on-points New York has a game in hand and Seattle, trailing by just a single point, has three matches to make up. Vancouver's postseason hopes take a big hit, as the Whitecaps (11-11-8) now trail Colorado and Los Angeles by four points.



Vancouver Whitecaps FC

1
David Ousted
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Jordan Harvey
Defender
80′
 - 
6
Jay DeMerit
Defender
63′
 - 
12
Young-Pyo Lee
Defender
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-
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-
Jun Davidson
Midfielder
71′
 - 
28
Gershon Koffie
Midfielder
54′
 - 
31
Russell Teibert
Midfielder
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20
Nigel Reo-Coker
Midfielder
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37
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Tom Heinemann
Striker
54′
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Real Salt Lake

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24
Jeff Attinella
Goalkeeper
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28
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29
K. Mansally
Defender
88′
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14
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5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
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12
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-
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26
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21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
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49

Substitutes

18
Brad Knighton
Goalkeeper
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16
J. Leverón
Defender
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29
Matthew Watson
Midfielder
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16
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11
 - 
19
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23
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Substitutes

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1
E. Fernández
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Aaron Maund
Defender
 - 
17
 - 
20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
72′
 - 
9
 - 
27
John Stertzer
Midfielder
 - 
8
Joao Plata
Striker
88′

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