Recap: Chivas USA - Real Salt Lake
CARSON, Calif. – Alvaro Saborio scored a hat trick as Real Salt Lake rolled past Chivas USA 4-0 at the Home Depot Center Saturday night.
Saborio’s first two goals came in the 8th and 11th minutes and the hosts never recovered; Saborio put the game out of reach in the 65th minute.
RSL (16-11-4) used the points to move into sole possession of second place, three points clear of both Seattle and the LA Galaxy. RSL could stand to gain some help from their Rocky Mountain Cup rivals as Colorado host the Galaxy on Sunday.
Chivas (7-16-7) meanwhile saw their season-long losing streak grow to six games, a dubious streak only equaled once in club history – by the dreadful 2010 side. The club's season-long scoreless streak meanwhile reached 442 minutes.
Real Salt Lake got the show going early, when Fabian Espindola held the ball on the right flank eight minutes in. Espindola centered the ball to Javier Morales, who flicked a header on towards the far post. Saborio got in behind Chivas’ defense and buried the ball.
Four minutes later, Espindola again created. Chivas’ goalkeeper Dan Kennedy tried to roll a ball to Ante Jazic but Espindola raced towards the ball and won it before it reached the Chivas man. Espindola ran towards the goal line and found Saborio alone in front of the net and while Saborio’s shot was not clean, it had more than enough juice to find the back of the net.
Chivas tried to claw their way back in but Nick Rimando did not allow it. Rimando was called on as Chivas fired some shots on goal. Three of Rimando’s saves came off shots by Miller Bolanos, who tested the RSL goalkeeper on four separate occasions, in the eight, 18th, 36th and 43rd minutes.
Morales nearly gave RSL a three-goal lead in the 56th minute when he slipped past Chivas’ defense. Morales put a shot past Kennedy, who came charging off his line, but defender John Valencia ran back and cleared it off the goal line.
Saborio completed his hat trick in spectacular fashion. Kennedy scrambled to stop Will Johnson from close range but the ball rolled back to Saborio. With his back to the goal, Saborio looked like he would take a touch and send the ball outside of the penalty area; instead, he turned and lifted a ball over Kennedy that hit the underside of the crossbar and went in for the goal.
Paulo Jr. scored a goal in the 81st minute for the game’s final margin.