Bridgeview, IL - Staying unbeaten and coming from behind turned out to be a tough task on the road. Real Salt Lake managed to pull things together with three second half goals and walk away with a 3-2 victory over the host Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Saturday night. Joao Plata scored twice and Alvaro Saborio had the other goal.
Real Salt Lake improved its league leading record to 4-0-5 while the Chicago Fire still trying to find its first win of the season dropped to 0-2-6.
All three goals came in the final 20 plus minutes and two of them in the final few minutes. Plata tallied the first one in the 72nd minute of play that made the score 2-1. Then, Saborio took a cross and tied the game at 2-2 in the 90th minute.
RSL wasn't done and didn't want to settle with another draw for another match. Saborio found Plata, who finished the game-winner in the 93rd minute.
“It’s crazy because I thought we were playing very good soccer in the first half,” Real Salt Lake head coach Jeff Cassar said. “We created some good chances and Sean Johnson made a couple unbelievable saves and I was real happy with the way things were going. So the halftime talk was positive.
“It was continuing to keep doing the things we were doing, because all it takes is one (goal) and then everyone starts to get a little nervous. The guys never stopped working. The quality in our attack was fantastic.”
The Chicago Fire for the first time in a while jumped out to an inspiring 2-0 lead in the first half. Harry Shipp had an initial shot saved by Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Romando. But the Fire's Mike Magee scored on a rebound for the first goal in the 22nd minute. Then, Juan Luis Anangono finished a header off a Gregg Cochrane cross for the two-goal advantage.
CHICAGO FIRE - Sean Johnson; Lovel Palmer, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Bakary Soumare, Greg Cochrane; Patrick Nyarko (Matt Watson 62), Jeff Larentowicz, Benji Joya, Harry Shipp; Juan Luis Anangono, Mike Magee Victor Pineda 85)
REAL SALT LAKE - Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers (Olmes Garcia 88), Chris Wingert (Abdouie Mansally 69); Kyle Beckerman, Luke Mulholland (Sebastian Velasquez 69), Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales; Alvaro Saborio, Joao Plata