SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Sebastián Saucedo had a goal and an assist to help Real Salt Lake beat Toronto FC 3-0 on Saturday for its second straight victory.
After Toronto was turned away on several scoring chances in the opening minutes, Damir Kreilach opened the scoring for Real Salt Lake (5-6-1) in the 14th minute, chest trapping Albert Rusnák’s cross in the middle of the area and finishing it after deflections off a pair of defenders.
“It’s obviously a great win,” said head coach Mike Petke. “We know what type of team Toronto is. We knew they were going to come in and try to win it in the first 15 minutes. But we never felt completely threatened.”
“I’m very happy because of the three points,” Kreilach said. “Everything we did last week on the practice field, we put today on the field.”
RSL took a 2-0 lead in the 28th minute on Saucedo’s goal, a 25-yard shot after dribbling it in to the middle of the field from the left wing.
Jefferson Savarino chased down Saucedo’s long ball and cut back on Justin Morrow for an open shot to make it 3-0 in the 60th minute.
Savarino was not supposed to start the match, but was pressed into action when Petke decided to bench Sam Johnson for being late to a team meeting.
“He was late, players are late,” Petke explained. “Things happen, it wasn’t malicious. But at the end of the day, we have our values and have our beliefs. It wasn’t a tough decision, and the guys reacted to it very well.”
Nick Rimando returned from an injury to notch the shutout, making three saves to earn the clean sheet.
Toronto FC played the final 29 minutes with ten men after Alejandro Pozuelo received his second yellow card.
Real Salt Lake outshot Toronto FC, 19-10, putting four shots on frame compared to three by Toronto.
RSL next hosts defending MLS Cup champion Atlanta Friday night at 7:00 at Rio Tinto Stadium.