After Real Salt Lake's 4-0 win over Chivas USA, head coach Jason Kreis hailed his side's positive performance. The win, which was by the greatest margin the club has managed in 2012, puts RSL in second place in the Western Conference with three matches remaining.
"For whatever reason, we had a good night," Kreis said. "We went out there with the right mentality, we tried to press on their half of the field early on and won some balls there and made things happen."
RSL forward Alvaro Saborio, hat trick scorer, agreed with Kreis's sentiments and echoed the consistent "playoff mentality" sentiments his coach has repeatedly emphasized.
"We worked hard to create chances and score, the midfielders did their job to get chances," Saborio said. "(It was) very positive, we have to think that every game is a playoff game and keep it like that."
Saborio's hat trick, Kreis said, was made possible by hard work from those around him.
"I think the first two goals I saw him score, they don't get much easier than that," Kreis said. "I think that he has to be very appreciative of the work that the players around him did to set those up, because those were both tap-ins."
But Saborio's third goal - a chipped effort that caught Dan Kennedy off his line - was, in Kreis's words, "certainly something special."
RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who won his 98th career clean sheet, praised his side's attacking performance.
"A good offense was the best defense tonight," he said. "The guys fought hard, from the forwards to the defenders. They made my job easy. It was a good victory that we needed going into the playoffs."
RSL takes on LA Galaxy on Saturday and Seattle Sounders on Oct. 17.