San Jose Earthquakes played Real Salt Lake to start the season, and yet despite several chances, couldn’t score.
Real Salt Lake, however, had very few chances and managed to score twice. The loss meant that a unbeaten streak dating from August 13th, 2011 at home was broken. Although it does very little to suggest how the season will carry out, it could affect the upcoming games, as the Quakes will be demoralized by opening a season with a loss.
Real Salt Lake recorded several player records in the match, including a 100th clean sheet for goalkeeper Rimando. Chris Wondolowski’s seven shots meant very little, as he only managed one shot on goal and it was tipped onto the crossbar by Rimando.
Both teams were without several important players; Quakes missed Lenhart, Gargan and Gordan; and Salt Lake were missing Morales, Wingert and Borchers.
Real Salt Lake struggled to find their feet in the match, only really showing danger in the 24th minute after a powerful shot was saved, and the 71st minute where a pass from Plata reached Saborio for a strong shot into the bottom corner. Saborio then got his second goal soon after, with a simple shot to give RSL a 2-0 lead.
DEF: Harden(Jahn-83), Bernardez, Morrow, Hernandez
MID: Baca, Cronin, Salinas(Cato-79), Corrales(Garza-72)
ATT: Fucito, Wondolowski
DEF: Watson-Siriboe, Beltran, Mansally, Schuler
MID: Beckerman, Stephenson(Alvarez-84), Gil, Velasquez
ATT: Saborio(Sandoval-87), Findley(Plata-65)
San Jose will New York on March 10th, whilst Real Salt Lake will travel to D.C. United on March 9th.