Posted on August 19, 2012
SANDY, Utah — Costa Rican international striker Alvaro Saborio scored an equalizing goal for Real Salt Lake, but FC Dallas came back for the game-winner to win the Major League Soccer encounter, 2-1, on Saturday night.
RSL (13-10-3, 42 points) has lost three consecutive games while Dallas improved to 8-11-8 and 32 points and moved within three points of the fifth-place Vancouver Whitecaps in the Western Conference.
David Ferreira set up Fabian Castillo for a 1-0 Dallas lead in the 61st minute at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Saborio, who replaced Fabian Espindola at halftime, headed home a corner kick by Javier Morales to tie the match at 1-1 in the 76th minute.
Ferreira struck for the game-winner four minutes into stoppage on a two-on-one counterattack with Brek Shea. Shea drew defender Nat Borchers out of position and fed to Ferreira, who beating goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Saborio was being rested for Tuesday’s CONCACAF Champions League game after playing a full 90 minutes for Costa Rica in an international friendly on Wednesday. The same went for Kyle Beckerman (USA) and Will Johnson (Canada), who also played in friendlies on Wednesday.
“What was intentional is that we’re putting a tremendous amount of emphasis on Tuesday night’s game,” RSL coach Jason Kreis said. “And with Kyle, Sabo, and Johnson all playing 90 minutes on Wednesday night with their national teams, two of three in different countries, it just made it so there wasn’t a choice for me. They got to be rested tonight and there was only a question of how long I would want them to play, which was defiantly less than a half. Hopefully the one thing we gained out of tonight was some rest for a couple of our players so their fresh and ready to go come Tuesday night.”
Photo: Alvaro Saborio scored for RSL, but it was not enough in a loss. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Central America, Costa Rica
Tags: Alvaro Saborio, CONCACAF Champions League, David Ferreira, Fabian Espindola, FC Dallas, Jason Kreis, Major League Soccer, Real Salt Lake