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Real Salt Lake 2014: Club thrashes unbeaten Toronto FC on Saborio brace

Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio.
George Frey

After a week on which Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio’s conduct was called into question by two Major League Soccer teams, it was time for the Costa Rica international to respond to his critics.

That he did on Saturday, March 29 in front of a packed house at Rio Tinto Stadium, leading RSL to a convincing 3-0 victory over previously unbeaten Toronto FC.

Saborio wasted little time establishing he was one of the best players on the field, working hard early inside TFC’s defensive third to earn an 11th minute penalty kick -- which he blasted into the net for a 1-0 lead.

RSL head coach Jeff Cassar pointed out in his post-game press conference that Saborio’s goal was a difference maker.

“It was huge. It was something that myself and the other coaches stressed to the guys. Toronto FC had never had to come back – they’d been leading in all their games – and we really wanted to see what they would be like if they were behind, see if they would come out a bit and give us a little more space to play,” Cassar said.

Not to be outdone by his 11th minute PK, Saborio made another great play in the 28th, dummying a pass that midfielder Javier Morales sent out into the left wing.

That sequence led to RSL mid Luis Gil scoring a goal in front of US national team coach Juergen Klinsmann -- who was in attendance. Gil seemed nonplussed scoring in front of his other coach.

“I didn’t think of it. It’s good just to get a goal in general. It probably wasn’t the prettiest goal, but you have to shoot to score so I’ll take it,” Gil said.

Saborio still wasn’t done on the night, saving his best goal for last. In the 55th minute, mid Kyle Beckerman chipped the ball over the top of the TFC defense.

On the bounce Saborio found himself in front of hard charging TFC keeper Julio Cesar -- lofting the ball over Cesar and into the net for a 3-0 lead.

That lead would stand as Real Salt Lake (2-0-2) stayed unbeaten on the season -- with a rematch of the MLS Cup against Sporting Kansas City looming later this week.

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