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MLS Game Summary - Colorado at Real Salt Lake



(Saturday, April 7, 2012)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Real Salt Lake 2, Colorado 0

Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - Real Salt Lake won its third match over the last eight days Saturday as Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola scored in a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium in Major League Soccer.

Saborio scored his second goal of the season in the 20th minute and Espindola followed with his third of the year and 29th of his career, which tied the RSL team record for all-time goals, in the 57th.

Real (5-1-0) has won five of its six matches this season, with a 1-0 defeat to Chivas USA the lone setback. RSL will visit Sporting Kansas City next week for a showdown of five-win teams. K.C. has won all five of its games this year.

Colorado (3-2-0) lost for the second time in its last three games, and slipped six points off the pace of first-place RSL in the Western Conference.

Real took control of the first of three Rocky Mountain Cup matches this season when Saborio scored in the 20th minute. Tony Beltran played the ball into the penalty area, where Saborio settled with his chest and fired past Pickens.

RSL easily held its one-goal cushion through halftime and continued to control the match after the break.

Kyle Beckerman lifted an 18-yard shot just over the crossbar in the 48th, and Espindola had an open Saborio in sight in the 52nd when a last-second sliding tackle from Tyrone Marshall denied a sure goal.

Espindola and Saborio nearly connected minutes later, but Saborio was offsides when he headed off the bar.

Real Salt Lake would not be denied again before the hour mark as Espindola was able to chest down a Luis Gil pass, avoid Colorado defenders Marvell Wynne and Kosuke Kimura, and slot past Pickens from the middle of the area.

Pickens believed Espindola played the ball down with his hand, and it appeared he did, but referee Jair Marrufo let the goal stand. Espindola tied former RSL striker Robbie Findley atop the team's all-time scoring list.

Colorado nearly pulled a goal back with 15 minutes remaining in normal time as Martin Rivero dipped a free kick over Real goalie Nick Rimando, but caught the face of the crossbar.

Rimando was rarely troubled otherwise, as he made just one save for his third shutout of the season.

While Real will gear up for the clash in Kansas City against the East leaders on April 14, Colorado will have to refocus for a visit to Seattle Sounders FC the same day for its next match.

04/07 23:26:09 ET

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CAR 17
CLE 13
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NYR 1
CAR 0
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TOR 118
NYK 108
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CLE 105
MEM 91
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BOS 84
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DET 105
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SAC 108
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PHI 96
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MIN 96
IND 100
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UVA 76
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BGU 68
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MAINE 69
 
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ORST 52
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USF 65
 
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CCAR 72
 
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UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
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RAD 74
CORN 61
 
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UNT 62
CREI 58
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
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USB 67
GHND 52
 
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OKST 64
MD 73
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WINT 100
REIN 72
 
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UGST 68
SMISS 55
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
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STLU 58
VERM 55
 
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UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
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EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
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HART 82
FIU 69
 
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VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
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LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
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DEN 46
BRY 48
 
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MONT 62
SD 67
 
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MTST 65
TENST 47
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SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
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SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
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HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
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SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
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BC 71
USC 75
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NICST 64
TROY 65
 
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BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
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UGA 65
SHU 47
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ALA 60
APP 59
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KSU 53
NDST 52
 
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WASU 82
SJST 53
2nd
UTEP 48
ALCOR 17
 
1st
SEAT 21
SACST 10
 
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DET 1
COL 2
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EDM 5
DAL 6
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BOS 4
BUF 3
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NYR 1
CAR 0
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CHI 4
TOR 0
2nd
WIN 3
PHI 1
 
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NOS 14
ATL 30
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HOU 25
BAL 13
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CAR 17
CLE 13
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CHI 14
DET 20
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TAM 3
GBP 20
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PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
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NYJ 16
NEP 17
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STL 27
NYG 37
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OAK 26
BUF 24
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DAL 42
IND 7
3rd
ARI 3
SEA 14