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Played
October 23, 2013 9:00 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ S. Petrescu‎
Attendance:‬ 20447‎
 
48′ A. Saborío
J. Morales 77′
52′ Joao Plata
 

Real Salt Lake 2-1 Chivas USA: Uthans finish season in Shield lead

Real Salt Lake became the first team to play all of its regular season games, and put itself in position for an unlikely Shield win.

By Keith Hickey

Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis
API
A second-half flurry gave Real Salt Lake a 2-1 win over Chivas USA at Rio Tinto Stadium as the Claret and Cobalt finished the Major League Soccer regular season on a high.

Real Salt Lake took a 1-0 lead shortly after the start of the second half. Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna was judged to have played the ball in the box with his arm, and Alvaro Saborio was true from the spot.

The Royals doubled up in quick succession. Javier Morales was dispossessed at the top of the area by de Luna, but the ball fell to Joao Plata, who struck from range to beat Tim Melia and make it 2-0 in the 52nd minute.

Chivas USA responded with a goal from Julio Morales in the 77th minute. Morales - seconds after entering the game as a sub - beat the offside trap and got in behind the unaware Tony Beltran to beat the oncoming Nick Romando with a deft touch.

Salt Lake (16-10-8) takes top spot both in the Western Conference and MLS, but could fall after the league's final regular-season matchday this weekend, with Portland close behind in the conference standings and New York and Kansas City challenging for national dominance.

Chivas USA (6-19-8) will end its season at home to Portland on Saturday.


Real Salt Lake

18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
Nat Borchers
Defender
31′
 - 
17
Chris Wingert
Defender
 - 
28
Chris Schuler
Defender
13′
 - 
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
10′
 - 
-
 - 
20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
 - 
21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
 - 
8
Joao Plata
Striker
52′ 62′
 - 
15
A. Saborío
Striker
48′
 - 

Chivas USA

 - 
28
Tim Melia
Goalkeeper
 - 
33
M. de Luna
Defender
 - 
3
 - 
5
 - 
-
J. Frías
Defender
 - 
-
E. Mejía
Midfielder
 - 
59
 - 
15
Eric Avila
Midfielder
 - 
20
Carlos Alvarez
Midfielder
58′
 - 
30
O. Minda
Midfielder
47′ 76′
 - 
9
E. Torres
Striker
47′

Substitutes

24
Jeff Attinella
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
46′
 - 
12
 - 
26
 - 
10
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
Patrick McLain
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
 - 
18
Josue Soto
Midfielder
 - 
-
C. Chueca
Midfielder
58′
 - 
-
Marvin Iraheta
Midfielder
 - 
-
J. Morales
Striker
76′ 77′
 - 
26
Matt Fondy
Striker
76′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
  • 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 KC
4 1