Posted on June 21, 2012
SANDY, Utah — Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio gave Real Salt Lake a two-goal advantage, but the hosts could not hold it en route to a stunning 3-2 loss to the LA Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday night.
Saborio, just off World Cup qualifying with the Ticos, lifted RSL (10-4-2, 32 points) a 2-0 lead in the 24th minute after teammate Kyle Beckerman tallied in the ninth minute.
The Galaxy (5-8-3, 18 points), however, did not wilt.
Landon Donovan scored two goals and set up a third to ignite one of the great comebacks in MLS history. Donovan’s second goal settled matters in the 68th minute. He broke in on goal a half step ahead of defender Nate Borchers and caught goalkeeper Nick Rimando near the top of the penalty area before slotting home the winning goal.
“My strong feeling [was] that those two goals came so easily that the guys thought this was going to be a cake walk,” RSL coach Jason Kreis said. “And because of that, really let their foot off the gas and took a long time to recover from that.”
Photo: Alvaro Saborio gave RSL a 2-0 lead in the 24th minute. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Central America, Costa Rica
Tags: Alvaro Saborio, LA Galaxy, Landon Donovan, Real Salt Lake