Monday, June 27, 2011

Real Salt Lake, Back on Track

Saborio looking sharp.
Real Salt Lake are starting to find their way. With the 3-1 victory over Toronto FC, some 15,000 fans were treated to the RSL of old. Passes flowed, shots flew and more importantly, goals went in. It was Real Salt Lake’s first win in five games, but it came in such convincing fashion, it’s hard not to wonder if things won’t start turning around for them.

The game was dominated by RSL as they went ahead in the 39th minute off a very well placed header. Alvaro Saborio scored his first two goals of the season in the 42nd and 60th minutes. At this point you have to think the flood gates could open up for the striker, who was been active and threatening all season, but has failed to find the net.

Saborio is an offensive weapon in MLS, one of the best. Like so many of his teammates though, he places his team ahead of himself. That is a key factor in being a member of Real Salt Lake.

It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of the RSL system and the RSL team mentality, but recently they’ve been lacking. That is not news to them, the men have taken the field each match knowing they can be elite and have been in a slump.

For a while, the slump could be excused and was certainly understood. The loss in the Champions League final followed by the horrific injury to star playmaker Javier Morales will rattle anyone’s cage. It’s just taken the team a long time to find the level at which they know they can perform. The win against Toronto should serve as a reminder to the players that they are elite and very capable.

Here are the highlights from their 3-1 win over TFC:
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