Real Salt Lake took it to DC United early in the match on Saturday. In the 14th minute Alvaro Saborio put one under DC United’s goal keeper, Troy Perkins to put the odds dramatically in RSL’s favor. After last nights match Real Salt Lake is 10-1-1 when they score the first goal. This was Saborio’s team leading 8th goal of the season. RSL took the lead into the half. They are 9-1-0 when leading at the half.
For the better part of the second half, DC United was clearly the better team. RSL coach Jason Kreis admitted, in the post game press conference, he was worried DC United would score the equalizer at any moment. He also stated that there seemed to be a lack of attention to detail during stretches of the second half, particularly on defense. DC United looked especially dangerous when on the counter attack. However, any hope DC United had was deflated with Robbie Findley’s goal in the 79th minute. Findley was getting plenty of chances with his runs behind the defense. It was only a matter of time before one of his shots deflected off the goalie and in the back of the net.
If that 2nd goal wasn’t enough, Nelson Gonzalez scored his first MLS goal in stoppage time when he lofted one over the goal keeper. The referee, Nelson Hernandez, blew the match final at the following kickoff and the celebrations began for the 17,000 plus fans in attendance at Rio Tinto Stadium.