Previous
New York City FC
Houston Dynamo
1
1
FT
Game Details
New England Revolution
Toronto FC
0
0
LIVE 74'
Game Details
Columbus Crew SC
New York Red Bulls
11:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Real Salt Lake
Seattle Sounders FC
1:30 AM UTC Sep 24, 2017
Game Details
Manchester City
Crystal Palace
5
0
FT
Game Details
Southampton
Manchester United
0
1
FT
Game Details
Stoke City
Chelsea
0
4
FT
Game Details
Leicester City
Liverpool
2
3
FT
Game Details
West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur
2
3
FT
Game Details
Alavés
Real Madrid
1
2
FT
Game Details
Montpellier
Paris Saint-Germain
0
0
FT
Game Details
Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Monchengladbach
6
1
FT
Game Details
Girona
Barcelona
0
3
FT
Game Details
Juventus
Torino
4
0
FT
Game Details
Next
By ESPN Staff

Salt Lake take control of play-off semi

Real Salt Lake took a big step towards reaching the Major Soccer League Western Conference final after easing to a 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders in their play-off semi-final first leg.

Jason Kreis' men could barely have wished for a better situation heading into the second leg, with Alvaro Saborio's brace (41 and 53) having put them in command at Rio Tinto Satadium.

Salt Lake did not allow a single shot on goal in the 90 minutes and, when substitute Ned Grabavoy scored with a minute left the game, and perhaps the tie, was over.

"We wanted to make a 90-plus effort tonight," Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando said. "We know we get our offensive chances when we play good defense."

Salt Lake controlled possession and pressed the attack throughout much of the first half. The aggressive play resulted in some early scoring chances.

Saborio finally took advantage in the 42nd minute. With goalkeeper Kasey Keller out of position, Saborio took a pass from Chris Wingert and tapped the ball across the line.

Saborio doubled his side's lead in the 53rd minute, taking a pass from Javier Morales after a throw-in and flicking the ball around Seattle defender Jeff Parke with a back heel and finishing with aplomb.

"I'm so happy he put himself in the right spot," Wingert said. "He's a guy that can step up like that and score a couple of goals like that in big games."

Grabavoy capped off the scoring in the 89th minute when he tracked down a poorly cleared ball, shook off a defender and slotted the ball inside the right post.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.