RSL red-hot

September 17, 2011 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Real Salt Lake News Release

SANDY, Utah - Real Salt Lake (14-7-6, 48 points) remained red-hot Saturday night against Sporting Kansas City, using a goal from DF Nat Borchers early in the second half to post a 1-0 victory in front of a sold-out crowd of 19,888 at Rio Tinto Stadium. With its fourth consecutive victory, Real Salt Lake (14-7-6, 48 pts.) moved in front of FC Dallas (46 pts.) in the crowded Western Conference standings and kept pace with second-place Seattle (51 pts.), who defeated D.C. United 3-0 to rebound from RSL's victory at CenturyLink Field last weekend.

With no love lost between the two squads, it comes as no surprise that tonight's contest was one of the more physical affairs for Real Salt Lake this season, as RSL and Sporting KC (10-9-10, 40 pts.) racked up 17 fouls apiece to go along with a pair of yellow cards issued to both clubs. It took until the 54th minute for the home side to put its first shot on frame, but it was well worth the wait thanks to Borchers' third tally of the season. RSL's recent penchant for set-piece finishing came to the forefront once again, as MF Kyle Beckerman's service off a free kick from 35 yards found the head of Borchers, who nodded home strongly past KC netminder Jimmy Nielsen to push RSL out front. Nielsen's opposite number for RSL, GK Nick Rimando, made all four saves he was called upon to register his 50th shutout in an RSL uniform, and the 86th of his illustrious MLS career.

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