MLS Snapshot: Real Salt Lake 3-1 Chicago Fire (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Here’s a fun fact: this coming Friday will be the two-year anniversary of the last time the Chicago Fire, allegedly a professional soccer team, won a game away from home. Funner fact: Chivas USA, which was disbanded and ceased to exist at the end of 2014, has won an MLS game away from home more recently than the Fire (the two actually won road games on the same day, July 12, 2014, but Chivas kicked off two and a half hours after Chicago). All of that to say: Real Salt Lake beat the Fire at Rio Tinto Stadium, which is not the Fire’s home venue, on Saturday, extending their winless streak away from home to 53 games. Javier Morales scored a brace for RSL, which would have been enough to beat the Fire by itself. The victory, which was the 181st of Nick Rimando’s career to set a new record for wins in MLS history, sees RSL leapfrog Sporting Kansas City and the LA Galaxy to go third in the Western Conference, four points back of the second-place Colorado Rapids.

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Three moments that mattered 

14′ — Garcia rolls one past Lampson for 2-0 — I count six Fire defenders standing around, flat-footed, inside the penalty area as Olmes Garcia makes it 1-0 to RSL.

58′ — Alvarez slots past Rimando to pull one back — Nick LaBrocca, who’s apparently still in MLS, provided the cross. Arturo Alvarez, who appeared in 16 games for RSL in 2011, provided the simple finish.

64′ — Morales fires past Lampson to restore the two-goal lead — Every now and then, Morales turns back the clock and looks like he’s 25 again. So smooth, so calm.

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Man of the match: Javier Morales

Goalscorers: Garcia (14′), Morales (28′ – PK, 64′), Alvarez (58′)