Real Salt Lake moved a step closer to first-place San Jose in the Western Conference standings after posting a 2-1 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday night.
Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio headed home a Ned Grabavoy cross in the 58th minute, just six minutes after Whitecaps rookie Darren Mattocks equalized for the Whitecaps.
Vancouver's attempts at a late comeback were hampered when goalkeeper Joe Cannon was sent off for a handball outside of the penalty area. RSL forward Fabian Espindola drew Cannon out of the area, and tried to touch it past Cannon, only to have Cannon block it with his arm, which drew the red card.
Saborio was the Man of the Match and opened the scoring in the 34th minute when he converted a penalty kick drawn after Jay DeMerit handled a cross in the penalty area intended for Kyle Beckerman. DeMerit started for Vancouver just two days after going 90 minutes in the MLS All-Star Game.
The victory moved RSL to within a point of San Jose for first place in the West, while Vancouver drops eight points behind both RSL and San Jose in the West standings.
Here are the match highlights:
What did you think of the match? Think RSL looks capable of catching San Jose? Like Darren Mattocks' chances of winning rookie of the year?
Share your thoughts below.