The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake became the first team to beat the Earthquakes at San Jose’s new Avaya Stadium with a 1-0 win today. Javier Morales scored a brilliant goal for RSL just before the break, and it proved to be the game winner as neither side created many offensive chances. With the win, Real Salt Lake moves ahead of San Jose in the Western Conference standings.
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Three moments that mattered
37′ — Shaun Francis subbed off after head injury — A scary moment in the first half when Shaun Francis and Jordan Allen smashed heads when challenging for an aerial ball. Both players went down, but Francis took the brunt of the blow. Instead of rushing him back into the match, the medical staff took their time with Francis to assess the injury and subbed off the defender. A good showing of the new head injury rules and precautions.
44′ — Javier Morales buries home his own rebound — At 35 years of age, Javier Morales can still put the ball in the back of the net. After having his initial free kick hit the wall, Morales stepped into his rebound and fired home a blistering shot off the bottom of the crossbar and in, giving RSL the lead.
57′ — Rimando makes big save, handball goes uncalled — San Jose took a quick free kick to catch RSL off guard, as J.J. Koval broke in on goal. Rimando cut down the angle and made a strong save, conceding a corner in the process. On the ensuing corner, Jamison Olave tried to clear the ball, but deflected the ball off his own hand in the box. There was no hand ball called, as RSL would go on to win the match.
Man of the match: Javier Morales — Morales has been contributing for Real Salt Lake since 2007, and the 35-year-old continues to be a key player in the RSL midfield. His stunning volley gave his side the three points, and that earns Morales man of the match honors.
San Jose Earthquakes: Bingham, Cato, Bernardez (Barrera 79′), Goodson, Francis (Koval 37′), Wondolowski, Alashe, Perez Garcia, Nyassi (Salinas 64′), Jahn, Innocent
Real Salt Lake: Rimando, Mansally, Schuler, Olave, Beltran, Mulholland, Beckerman, Morales, Garcia (Stertzer 87′), Saborio (Sandoval 68′), Allen (Gil 76′)
Goal: Morales (44′)