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September 22, 2012 8:20 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ K. Stott‎
Attendance:‬ 20524‎
 

Real Salt Lake 2-1 Portland Timbers: Salt Lake holds on for a win

Two goals in the first half were enough for the home side to grab all three points against the Timbers.

Javier Morales; Real Salt Lake
George Frey
Real Salt Lake jumped out to an early lead through two free kicks and held off the Portland Timbers as the Royals took a 2-1 win on Saturday night.

Fabian Espindola tucked home the first goal, blasting in a left-footed shot off a set play from the top of the box to give his side the lead 13 minutes in.

Javier Morales made it two in the 36th with a wonderful free kick of his own, hitting the top corner of the goal from the top corner of the box.

Bright Dike gave Potland some hope just after the hour mark, heading home a Sal Zizzo cross and cutting the lead to a single goal, but the home side hung on to earn all three points.

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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
81′
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6
Nat Borchers
Defender
 - 
17
Chris Wingert
Defender
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5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
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4
Will Johnson
Midfielder
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11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
36′ 91′
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20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
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23
Paulo Jr.
Striker
67′
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9
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Portland Timbers

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12
Joe Bendik
Goalkeeper
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18
David Horst
Defender
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26
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27
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H. Mosquera
Defender
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11
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F. Songo'o
Midfielder
82′
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13
 - 
6
 - 
55
 - 
22

Substitutes

28
Kyle Reynish
Goalkeeper
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28
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29
K. Mansally
Defender
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-
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21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
91′
 - 
22
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Substitutes

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Scott Angevine
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
98
 - 
11
Kalif Alhassan
Midfielder
82′
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12
Eric Alexander
Midfielder
61′
 - 
11
Michael Fucito
Midfielder
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7

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