MLS Snapshot: Real Salt Lake 2-1 Toronto FC

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The game in 100 words (or less): Take any two teams in MLS and write down each side’s preferred starting 11 players. Then go through each list and cross off the two best players from each team. Chances are the quality of any subsequent soccer played is going to be poorer than would have otherwise been the case. No Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Alvaro Saborio and Rimando, and that’s essentially Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC, in a nutshell. Then the final 20 minutes happened.

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Three moments that mattered

73′ — TFC goal disallowed for…well, nothing — This video shall speak for itself — if you can explain why that goal was disallowed, and a foul isn’t called on every other corner kick in the world, I’m all ears. In my mind, I’ll always recount this game as a 2-2 draw.

88′ — Jackson with the equalizer for TFC — Bright Dike played Jackson in behind the RSL defense and, despite a poor first touch, Jeff Attinella was slow off his line and gave the Brazilian just the time and space needed to poke the ball under the ‘keeper.

89′ — Allen’s first career goal is the winner — As quickly as the lead had gone, that’s how quickly it came back. Morales’s left-footed cross, again to the back post, found 19-year-old Jordan Allen, whose flicked header found the back of the net.

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Man of the match: Javier Morales — Two absolutely perfect cross for RSL’s two goals and the type of game-changing performance that you expect from him week in and week out, but still never take for granted when he brings it.

LINEUPS

Real Salt Lake: Attinella, Beltran, Olave, Schuler, Mansally, Beckerman, Mulholland (Stertzer 79′), Morales, Jaime (Allen 74′), Sandoval, Garcia (Saucedo 92′)

Goals: Mulholland (38′), Allen (89′)

Toronto FC: Bendik, Creavalle (Jackson 67′), Hagglund, Simonin, Morgan (Lovitz 77′), Osorio, Warner, Cheyrou, Giovinco, Moore (Dike 79′), Findley

Goals: Jackson (88′)