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RSL gaining steam, win another

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Goals from Morales and Plata lead to a win.

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Sporting KC came to play in Sandy but Real Salt Lake looked the better side for the better part of the first half. There was some fantastic interplay and creative play that gave RSL multiple scoring chances, the kind that left the crowd applauding rather than agonizing. KC had a ball bouncing around like a pinball in RSL's end but they were unable to take advantage of the situation. In the 34th, the deadlock broke when Javier Morales worked his way around a few defenders and slotted it past Tim Amelia. His celebration showed that he was pretty pleased with what he just did. Just before the half, Plata had a shot off the crossbar that would have been a real gut punch to Sporting but the whistle came and the score was 1-0.

RSL did not come out of the tunnel with the same energy as they had in the first half and Benny Feilhaber made them pay with a curler from distance to equalize. Nagamura could have put Kansas City up shortly thereafter but shot wide. RSL got their bearings a bit and in the 60th minute Devon Sandoval was perfectly set up with a one on one situation that he pinged off the post leaving the crowd in a disbelieving silence. Salt Lake didn't drop their heads for long. Olmes Garcia used his speed to get a ball in the area and drew a penalty which Joao Plata took with pace and put it past Tim Melia with some pace. Sporting KC had a great chance on the run but Jeff Attinella made a save that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Chances were there for both sides to the end. Just before the final whistle, Feilhaber and Morales had a scuffle and the rivalry continues. RSL won 2-1.