Posted on July 28, 2012
SANDY, Utah — Costan Rican international striker Alvaro Saborio continued his torrid pace, striking for both goals in Real Salt Lake’s 2-1 Major League Soccer win over the Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday night.
RSL (42 points) improved to 13-7-3 while Vancouver (34) fell to 9-7-7.
“It’s very good for us because we need to win this game because we are at home and we need to prove that we are the better team here,” Saborio said.
Real coach Jason Kreis said Saborio’s play was “another really strong performance. I actually want to say as well that we shouldn’t talk about Sabo without talking about Fabian [Espindola] because that amount of work that he is putting in right now if making Sabo’s a little bit life easier. Both of those guys are working extremely hard and I’m pleased to see Sabo scoring goals because for a long time he was doing everything and just getting very unfortunate so it’s good that he is in a good run and we will try and ride it as long as possible.”
Saborio, who has tallied six goals in his past five games, converted a penalty kick in the 33rd minute after Vancouver defender Jay DeMerit was called for a handball in the penalty area.
The Whitecaps equalized as Jamaican native and rookie Darren Mattocks equalized in the 52nd minute, beating goalkeeper Nick Rimando for his seventh goal this season.
A minute after Mattocks fired a point-blank head just wide of the mark, Saborio scoring off a curving cross from Javier Morales.
“Javier’s been patient with it and gone a little bit right and gone a little bit left and then I think served in a really terrific ball but the effort by Sabo was spectacular,” Kreis said. “I mean to get up that high and hammer it home and down was simply splendid.”
Categories: Caribbean, Central America, Costa Rica, Jamaica
Tags: Alvaro Saborio, Darren Mattocks, Fabian Espindola, Jason Kreis, Javier Morales, Major League Soccer, Real Salt Lake, Vancouver Whitecaps