RSL hammer hapless TorontoBy Patrick McShane • May 2nd, 2010 • Category: Match Reports
It was a pleasant return home for RSL on Saturday as they dominated an inept Toronto FC squad for a 2-1 victory. Possibly attempting to earn a point on the road, Toronto fielded a defensive formation with the majority of their attacking starters on the bench. Unfortunately this tactic wasn’t particularly effective, as RSL strolled throughout the match imposing their will on an outmatched TFC squad. After playing four of their first five league matches on the road, it was a welcome change for RSL to be in front of the 12,659 fans that braved the stormy weather to support the defending MLS Champions.
RSL struck early, scoring their first goal just 14 minutes into match off of a beautiful cross from midfielder Andy Williams. Forward Álvaro Saborío was the first to rise to the ball, beating Toronto keeper Stefan Frei and defender Raivis Hscanovics with a floating header towards goal. Sensing a Toronto player nearby, RSL’s Jamison Olave ensured the early lead by slamming the ball into goal before Saborío could claim his second goal for the season.
The second goal came just before half off of a similar run of play, with RSL, and particularly Williams, running Toronto’s defense into tatters. The goal itself required a brilliant piece of skill by Williams, who cut into the middle of pitch just outside of the box and blasted a shot to the top left corner past Frei. Though the 2-0 halftime lead felt deserved, there was also a sense that RSL should have scored more.
Toronto coach Preki tried to make amends for his tinkering at the beginning of the match by subbing on leading goal scorer Dwayne De Rosario, influential midfielder Julian de Guzman, and young attacker O’Brian White all at the beginning of the second half. While Toronto appeared much more comfortable overall with these additions, their attack still lacked any sizable bite. Only White appeared dangerous with a header that deflected off the woodwork early in the half. De Rosario would eventually convert a penalty late off of a questionable handball on Kyle Beckerman, but the match was all but over and RSL earned their first win since the opening match of the season.
RSL will continue their home stand next week as they face expansion side Philadelphia Union. While they’ve fallen behind their Western Conference foes with some early struggles on the road, they now have a chance to make a run with three of their next four matches taking place in the friendly confines of Rio Tinto Stadium. “It’s pretty important,” noted Williams. “We’re at home and haven’t brought a lot of points back from the road yet, so it was a must-win at home for us. And next week will be the same.”
All photos ©Julie Harper/ASN
TORONTO FC (2-4-0) VS REAL SALT LAKE (2-3-1)
Saturday, May 1, 2010 — Rio Tinto Stadium
RSL – Jamison Olave 1 (Álvaro Saborío 2, Andy Williams 1) 14
RSL – Andy Williams 1 (Tony Beltran 1) 42
TOR – Dwayne De Rosario 6 (penalty kick) 88
REAL SALT LAKE–Nick Rimando, Robbie Russell (Chris Wingert 70), Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran, Collen Warner (Nelson Gonzalez 86), Andy Williams (Jean Alexandre 91+), Kyle Beckerman, Will Johnson, Álvaro Saborío, Robbie Findley
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Williams 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Warner 2); FOULS: 7 (Saborío 2); OFFSIDE: 4; CORNER KICKS: 12; SAVES: Rimando 3; CAUTIONS: Saborío 21, Warner 47+, Olave 50; EJECTIONS: None
TORONTO FC–Stefan Frei, Raivis Hscanovics (Dwayne De Rosario 45), Maksim Usanov, Adrian Cann, Nana Attakora, Dan Gargan, Nane Joseph (Julian de Guzman 45), Amadou Sanyang (O’Brian White 45), Nick LaBrocca, Martin Saric, Chad Barrett
TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Barrett 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 tied with 1); FOULS: 11 (4 tied with 2); OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: Frei 3; CAUTIONS: Attakora 49, de Guzman 61, LaBrocca 73; EJECTIONS: None
Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Nate Clement, Steven Taylor
4th Official: Ramon Hernandez.
Attendance: 12,659 / Temperature: 49 and Cloudy