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Played
March 17, 2012 10:16 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ H. Grajeda‎
Attendance:‬ 16738‎
 
 
59′ Luis Gil
 

Real Salt Lake 2-0 New York Red Bulls: RSL stampedes over Bulls

Espindola and Gil provided the goals in a routine win over New York in the gusty Utah winds for RSL.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake; Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls; MLS
Chris Nicoll
Real Salt Lake has now beaten the two team with the highest payrolls in MLS. Following last week's come-from-behind win over the LA Galaxy, RSL returned to Utah and easily dispatched the New York Red Bulls, 2-0.

Hans Backe made several changes to his staring lineup following a season-opening defeat to FC Dallas. They didn't pay off. The Red Bulls struggled to pass the ball accurately and Thierry Henry, playing higher than usual without a traditional striking partner, was uninterested in chasing balls over the top.

Fabian Espindola had no such qualms. A chip from Paulo Jr. caught the New York defensive line stranded up near the halfway line with Roy Miller keeping Espindola onside. The Argentine striker zipped in on goal and slotted a shot between Ryan Meara's legs.

Luis Gil finished off the match and the scoring in the second half. Sebastian Velasquez buzzed down the left and found Espindola, whose poked shot bounced off Meara. Gil calmly cleaned up the rebound.

Near the end of the match, Northern Ireland native Johnny Steele made his MLS debut on St. Patrick's Day.

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Real Salt Lake

18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
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2
Tony Beltran
Defender
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4
Jamison Olave
Defender
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28
Chris Schuler
Defender
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17
Chris Wingert
Defender
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5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
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20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
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21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
23′ 59′ 62′
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23
Paulo Jr.
Striker
62′
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26
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9
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New York Red Bulls

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18
Ryan Meara
Goalkeeper
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-
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7
R. Miller
Defender
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-
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22
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Joel Lindpere
Midfielder
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11
Dax McCarty
Midfielder
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V. Pálsson
Midfielder
46′
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28
Teemu Tainio
Midfielder
46′
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Dane Richards
Midfielder
14′
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-
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14

Substitutes

28
Kyle Reynish
Goalkeeper
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Leone Cruz
Defender
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11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
62′
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-
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22
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15
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Substitutes

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Jeremy Vuolo
Goalkeeper
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16
Connor Lade
Defender
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14
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15
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26
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33

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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