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Played
April 7, 2012 9:00 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 16870‎
 
20′ A. Saborío
 
 

Real Salt Lake 2-0 Colorado Rapids: Alvaro Saborío and Fabian Espindola lead RSL past Colorado in the Rocky Mountian Cup

Jason Kreis' men cruised past their opponents as forwards Saborio and Espindola lead the way with a goal each.

By Alex Labidou

Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake; Matt Pickens, Colorado Rapids; MLS
George Frey
The Rocky Moutain Cup bragging rights will stay in Salt Lake City, at least for now.

First half goals from Alvaro Saborío and Fabian Espindola led Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 home victory against its rivals, the Colorado Rapids.

Saborío got the hosts off to a strong start in the 20th minute when he received a ball from Tony Beltran in the center of the penalty box and finished with his right foot. Real Salt Lake dominated the opening 45 minutes, retaining over 65 percent of possession.

In the second half, the Rapids tried to improve their midfield efforts and looked to create chances. Yet, RSL decided to counter waiting for the right opportunity. Starlet Luis Gil took advantage and found Espindola in the 57th minute with a killer pass. The striker had a left footed finish in the box.

Colorado put one shot on target.

RSL improves to 5-1-0 on the season to remain top of the Western Conference. Colorado is now 3-2-0, sitting third in the West.


Real Salt Lake

18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
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2
Tony Beltran
Defender
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4
Jamison Olave
Defender
74′
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6
Nat Borchers
Defender
 - 
17
Chris Wingert
Defender
 - 
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
75′
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4
Will Johnson
Midfielder
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21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
81′ 82′
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26
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9
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15
A. Saborío
Striker
20′
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Colorado Rapids

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Matt Pickens
Goalkeeper
58′
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3
Drew Moor
Defender
81′
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22
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27
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20
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Martín Rivero
Midfielder
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11
Brian Mullan
Midfielder
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J. Castrillón
Midfielder
76′
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7

Substitutes

28
Kyle Reynish
Goalkeeper
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28
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-
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22
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23
Paulo Jr.
Striker
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21
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Substitutes

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Steward Ceus
Goalkeeper
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-
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-
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Joseph Nane
Midfielder
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W. Thompson
Midfielder
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28
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13

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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