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Late drama sees RSL quash Revolution with penalty save, late goal


A penalty save and two rebounded goals ensured three points for Real Salt Lake against New England Revolution in an exciting - if frustrating - road match.

Olmes Garcia scored the game-winning goal for RSL from a rebounded Kyle Beckerman shot, and Devon Sandoval scored his first goal for the club - again, from a rebounded shot. Nick Rimando receives the late plaudits, though, making a penalty save from a weak and unjust penalty kick.

Carlos Salcedo made his first start for the club, marking a milestone in the club's history. Salcedo is the first academy graduate to play and now to start for the club.

New England started out on the front foot with some strong attacking measures early in the first half, with a series of corners and throw-ins, but Nick Rimando was essential - particularly after preventing an early goal after RSL's offside trap backfired.

Luis Gil had RSL's first real opportunity of the match with a 10th minute shot from just outside the box that ended up over the bar.

The majority of the first half, though, consisted of New England taking the occasional corner, Nick Rimando claiming it, and RSL struggling to break down the Revs' defense.

In the 48th minute, Rimando made a low save off a Fagundez shot after Beckerman lost out on a tackle; Beltran cleared before the defense fell asleep rather immediately after, forcing another save from the right back.

New England scored only shorter thereafter when Schuler missed out on a clearance, leaving Rowe on a clean run for a cross inside to Ryan Guy, who finished past Rimando with a beautiful shot.

Sebastian Velasquez entered the match in the 59th minute for Luis Gil, who had no joy on the night with a series of bad passes and a lackluster performance defensively. Velasquez injected not just his skill on the ball, but a constant desire for the

Olmes Garcia entered in the 68th minute for Joao Plata, and when he did, he changed the dynamics of the match, finding good space in the channels.

Sandoval nearly scored 76th minute with a shot that the Revs keeper barely got a hand on and spilled for a New England clearance. It was just a minute later that Sandoval equalized after a bit of chaos in the box following a Sebastian Velasquez shot. His goal came seven minutes into his MLS career - a good mark for the strong striker who will certainly be seeing more time with Alvaro Saborio out with injury.

Sandoval came out of the match in the 83rd minute for Abdoulie Mansally, who saw yellow only shortly after coming into the match. He played as a left winger, with Chris Wingert shifting a bit centrally to shore things up.

Olmes Garcia scored RSL's second goal in the 89th minute after Kyle Beckerman's shot rebounded off the goalkeeper - the Revolution had no chance.

Things didn't quiet down, though: The referee sent Carlos Salcedo off for a perceived handball in the box - in which he committed no such foul - and Nick Rimando saved the ensuing penalty from Saer Sene. Kyle Beckerman made the ensuing clearance to ensure three points on the road for Real Salt Lake.