SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Alvaro Saborio and Kyle Beckerman each scored goals as Real Salt Lake beat Tauro FC in CONCACAF Champions League play at Rio Tinto Stadium.
After a scoreless first half, Saborio scored off a rebound shot by Paulo Junior in the 48th minute. It was Saborio's 9th goal in 12 CONCACAF games with RSL.
Then just ten minutes later, Beckerman put on a slick move and blasted a shot past Alvaro Anzola for a 2-0 lead.
Beckerman later received a red card in the 72nd minute, but RSL did not give up a goal despite playing a man down for the final 28 minutes.
“It was huge for us and something we were really all focused for," said Beckerman about the victory. "I thought we played some really good soccer, especially the first half actually I think. We looked like our old self where we really pinned the other team, where they can’t get out and we were creating chances after chances. It just felt like if we get one maybe we can get three or four.”
“It felt like we were the team that was pushing things for most of the 90 minutes," said head coach Jason Kreis. "Having said that, I think the ejection really cost us not to be able to put in our complete effort, because then there are holes as there would be when you’re down a man. We make a point to really try to keep the tempo high in the first half, and we feel like if we do that, often times the work that we put in the first 15, 20 minutes can lead to big benefits at the end of games."
Real is now 1-1 in Champions League play, and is still in the hunt to win the group. A loss would have all but assured them of not moving on to the knockout round.
RSL returns to MLS play Friday night against Philadelphia at 5:30 p.m.
"I think we’re at a good spot, but I wouldn’t go any further than that," said Kreis. "I think we did right tonight by getting a result 2-0, and that could be important, but it’s going to hurt to not have our captain for the next match. I think we’ve got to take the confidence, we scored the goals. We were on top of things. It was a night where finally things went right for us. Often when you do that you see floodgates open. We have to continue with that confidence and say ok, we’re playing well, and we scored goals, and we won, and we had a shutout. So we need to take all those positive things and roll them into the game on Friday.”