With a pair of Fabian Espindola goals at the forefront, Real Salt Lake put the rest of MLS on notice on Saturday night with a dominanting showing against Chivas USA.
Espindola was a threat each time that he touched the ball on Saturday and ended the match with two goals in RSL's 3-0 victory over the Rojiblancos to earn SBI MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 15.
The Argentine attacker got on the board in the 40th minute when he found himself on the receiving end of a Kyle Beckerman pass from 35-yards-out that was set up after a Chivas' defensive error. Espindola completed his brace in the 54th minute as a Ned Grabavoy through-ball cut through the defense putting him in considerable space. With the ball at his feet, Espindola calmly manuvered around defender Rauwshan McKenzie before slotting in his second goal of the night and sixth of the season.
Espindola beat out the likes of Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum, who made seven saves to earn his fifth draw in a 0-0 draw with the New England Revolution; Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier, whose three assists and fine holding midfield performance helped the Impact to an emotional 4-1 win over the Seattle Sounders at the renovated Stade Saputo; and Patrick Nyarko, who notched a goal and an assist in the Chicago Fire's 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls.
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