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RSL drops three on Sporting KC in recovery win

Cordova, Savarino and Ruiz nab goals in a significant win.

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

After a dismal first half of soccer against Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake righted the ship for an optimism-affirming 3-0 win over their longtime rivals.

  • HT: The first half saw a fair few RSL shots, but none were particularly potent. There were a few moments where Sergio Cordova sparked some ire — one particular moment here Jefferson Savarino sent in an absolutely perfect cross, and Cordova didn’t extend his
  • GOAL, RSL 1-0 SKC, 51’ Aha! Sergio Cordova gets on the end of a really nice Andrew Brody cross and heads it home. A really lovely goal, and he’s very clearly relieved to have scored. He does strip off his shirt in celebration, receiving the mandatory yellow card for his trouble.
  • 62’ Roger Espinoza is shown a straight red card for a really bad tackle on Jasper Löffelsend, who takes quite a long time to get back into action.
  • GOAL, RSL 2-0 SKC, 65’ Pablo Ruiz scores a really lovely goal from the top of the box, and it’s not one of those high, driven shots — it’s low, it’s placed, and it’s accurate. A nice pass from Jefferson Savarino hands RSL’s designated player the assist.
  • GOAL, RSL 3-0 SKC, 71’ Jefferson Savarino rises up like a salmon (that’s the phrase, right?) to head home a Justin Meram cross. What a goal, and what a game.
  • 72’ Sergio Cordova and Jasper Löffelsend sit, while Anderson Julio and Nick Besler enter.
  • The rest of the match mostly plays out like you’d expect, with some fun opportunities for a fourth, but between the offside flag, and, well, the offside flag, we’re stapled at three goals for this one.