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Played
July 23, 2011 10:08 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ D. Gantar‎
Attendance:‬ 19429‎
 
60′ (PG) A. Saborío
 
75′ A. Saborío
 
 
 

Real Salt Lake 4-0 San Jose Earthquakes: Alvaro Saborio dive cheapens hefty win

A messy match included an incorrect card and ended with Jason Kreis chasing Jon Busch down the tunnel. The three points reside with RSL, though.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake; Nana Attakora, San Jose Earthquakes; MLS
George Frey
Any weight to Real Salt Lake's heavy win over the San Jose Earthquakes was undermined by Alvaro Saborio's dive. Only the referee was fooled, but he's the one who counts, and the flop resulted in an ejection for San Jose and a penalty for RSL.

Nana Attakora picked a poor game to make his 'Quakes debut, earning the nod when fitness made captain Jason Hernandez a late scratch. Near the end of first half, the Canadian took a bad touch and Jon Busch had to bail him out by smothering Fabian Espindola's shot. To start the second half, Espindola raced past the poorly placed Attakora again, with Busch deflecting the shot at the near post.

Still, the sides looked equally balanced.  

The turning point came at the hour mark. Alvaro Sabario, cutting between Bobby Burling and Brad Ring, took a ridiculous dive. The referee showed Ring a red card, but after consulting with his assistant, ejected Burling instead. Perhaps if he had changed his mind once more he would have landed on the proper decision – a yellow for simulation to the Costa Rican.

Sabario dispatched the penalty kick to put the host side ahead. RSL made the extra man count, with both Sabario and Kyle Beckerman cleaning up blocked shots to bring the gap to three. Jamison Olave made it a rout with a headed goal to complete the scoring.


Real Salt Lake

18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Tony Beltran
Defender
 - 
3
Robbie Russell
Defender
 - 
4
Jamison Olave
Defender
83′
 - 
6
Nat Borchers
Defender
 - 
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
13′ 78′
 - 
4
Will Johnson
Midfielder
82′
 - 
20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
79′
 - 
9
 - 
77
Andy Williams
Midfielder
72′
 - 
15
A. Saborío
Striker
60′ 75′
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San Jose Earthquakes

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18
Jon Busch
Goalkeeper
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2
 - 
-
Tim Ward
Defender
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4
 - 
4
Sam Cronin
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
-
Rafael Baca
Midfielder
 - 
19
 - 
8
 - 
15
Bobby Convey
Midfielder
32′
 - 
37

Substitutes

28
Kyle Reynish
Goalkeeper
 - 
17
 - 
28
 - 
21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
82′
 - 
18
Collen Warner
Midfielder
72′
 - 
-
Jean Alexandre
Midfielder
 - 
-
A. Álvarez
Midfielder
79′
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Substitutes

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1
David Bingham
Goalkeeper
 - 
33
 - 
5
Brad Ring
Midfielder
54′ 56′
 - 
18
 - 
-
 - 
17

Coach/Manager

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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
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2