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Real Salt Lake's victory over Colorado clinches the Rocky Mountain Cup for the Utah outfit for the sixth straight year.

SANDY, Utah -- Alvaro Saborio scored the easiest goal of his life and Will Johnson added a late clincher to lift Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 victory over arch rival Colorado in front of 19,492 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium. Salt Lake controlled most of the match and looked much sharper than it did in the embarrassing loss to San Jose last week.
 
"That was a good reaction to everything we've talked about," said midfielder Ned Grabavoy, who made his return after missing several games due to injury. "We've been inconsistent, but the group of guys in here are confident. It's a veteran group of guys, and the reaction tonight was great from everybody."
 
Even though the teams have one more game to play this year, Real clinched the Rocky Mountain Cup by virtue of winning both of the first two matches.

Usual team captain Kyle Beckerman, who missed the match due to a red card suspension, has the distinction of never having been on the losing side of this rivalry. He played for Colorado in 2005 and 2006 when the club won the cup, and RSL has not lost the cup since he was traded.
 
"I think it's a very good rivalry," said head coach Jason Kreis. "It obviously means something to our fans, and if it means something to our fans, then it means something to us."
 
Ironically, the same official who questionably red-carded Beckerman last week served as 4th official tonight. Salt Lake's technical staff protested the assignment by sitting at the far end of the bench, though Kreis wouldn't take the bait when asked why he switched ends.
 
"There was definitely a very well thought out reason for doing it," said Kreis, "but I'm not going to discuss why."
 
Saborio's goal was really 99 percent due to Fabian Espindola's relentless hustle. A lazy back pass from Marvell Wynne was run down by Espindola, who reached it the same time as Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens. On the ensuing collision, the ball bounced toward the far post where Saborio stood alone. But rather than tap it in right away, he waited to see if it would roll in the goal so Espindola could get the deserved credit. Once it became clear that the bouncing ball wasn't going to roll in on its own, Saborio had no choice but to tap it in.
 
"I don't know," joked midfielder Will Johnson. "I think everybody's [hearts] skipped a beat there. It was a nice idea but I think he should have just banged it in."
 
As of late, RSL has been lacking consistency and has tended to follow a good performance with a poor one. The club will hope to change that by following up tonight's effort with another three points at home against Vancouver.
 
"We had a good result two weeks ago, didn't we?" said Kreis. "Then we came out and got our butts handed to us. It's going to be very important for the guys to stay humble and remember what it takes to get results."

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