Espindola leads RSL past Deportivo Saprissa

Espindola leads RSL past Deportivo Saprissa

MLS- Real Salt Lake

Espindola leads RSL past Deportivo Saprissa

EspindolaCCL (Reuters)

Real Salt Lake badly needed a convincing victory in its CONCACAF Champions League semifinal first leg against Deportivo Saprissa on Tuesday, and that's what Jason Kreis' squad delivered as RSL posted a 2-0 victory against Saprissa.

Fabian Espindola was the star of the show, setting up Alvario Saborio's goal before scoring his own to send Real Salt Lake to Costa Rica for the second leg on April 5th with a two-goal cushion.

After having a perfectly good goal waived off for a questionable foul call, RSL quickly opened the scoring when Espindola found Saborio with a pass. The Costa Rican calmly finished against his former club. Espindola netted a vital second goal off a beautiful pass from Andy Williams.

RSL thoroughly outplayed a Saprissa side that appeared content to look for counterattacking opportunities. The RSL defense held firm, even after losing Jamison Olave to a hamstring injury that forced him to leave the match at halftime.

Here are the highlights from Tuesday night's match:

What did you think of Real Salt Lake's performance? Impressed with Espindola's game? Think RSL can hold a two-goal lead at Estadio Saprissa?

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