Real Salt Lake wins home opener

Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT  – Today MLS soccer resumed at Rio Tinto Stadium as Real Salt Lake hosted the Seattle Sounders.  With a 2:00 PM start and perfect weather the home crowd was excited to cheer on the home team.

After a disappointing draw last week in the season opener against Orlando, Real hit the pitch without Javier Morales.  The play was a bit sloppy and was chippy at times, and there are still questions about the defensive end for RSL.

The Sounders were the first to get on the board as Osvaldo Alonso was able to get one past Nick Rimando at close range in the 28th minute.  RSL was able to pull even just before the half ended when Sunny headed in a corner kick by Joao Plata.

Olave headed in the game winner in the 86th minute after great work from both Burrito and Joao Plata.

Goals by Period               1    2    F

Real Salt Lake                    1    1    2
Seattle Sounders                1    0    1

Scoring Summary:
Seattle – Osvaldo Alonso – 28′
RSL – Sunny  – 43′
RSL – Jamison Olave – 86′

Misconduct Summary:
Seattle – Erik Friberg – 13′
Seattle – Zach Scott – 35′
Seattle – Joevin Jones – 38′
RSL – Javier Morales – 74′
Seattle – Clint Dempsey – 88′


Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert; Jamison Olave; Aaron Maund; Tony Beltran; Sunny Obayan; Kyle Beckerman; Jordan Allen (Olmes Garcia, 81′); Juan Manuel Martinez; Yura Movsisyan (Devon Sandoval, 90’+1′); Joao Plata

Substitutes Not Used: Jeff Attinella; Justen Glad; Omar Holness; Luke Mulholland; John Stertzer

Seattle Sounders: Tyler Miller, Joevin Jones; Chad Marshall; Zach Scott; Tyrone Mears; Erik Friberg (Cristian Roldan, 18); Osvaldo Alonso; Andreas Ivanschitz; Jordan Morris (Darwin Jones, 76′); Nelson Haedo Valdez (Aaron Kovar, 90’+2′); Clint Dempsey

Substitutes Not Used: Charlie Lyon; Tony Alfaro; Dylan Remick; Nathan Sturgis

Next up for RSL

Real Salt Lake travels Portland on March 19th for their first meeting with the Timbers.

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