Real Salt Lake beats Whitecaps, closes on MLS lead
SANDY, Utah (AP) -Alvaro Saborio scored twice as Real Salt Lake won 2-1 at home over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday, moving within a point of the Major League Soccer Westernlead.
Saborio has scored six of the team's past seven goals.
Salt Lake's third straight home victory moved it within a point of Western Conference rival San Jose for the best record in the league.
Darren Mattocks scored for Vancouver, winless in five of its past six matches and although the Whitecaps remain third in the West, they now trail RSL by eight points.
Saborio opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a penalty that he slotted inside the left post. The penalty came after Jay DeMerit committed a hard foul on Kyle Beckerman in the box in the 33rd minute and was shown a yellow card.
Mattocks tied it in the 52nd minute. Camilo put a ball behind the RSL defenders and Mattocks beat them to it. Goalkeeper Rimando came off his line to stop Mattocks on the right side of the area, but the Vancouver player slipped around Rimando and fired the ball inside the left post.
Barry Robson nearly put Vancouver ahead a minute later, but his shot ricocheted off the post.
Saborio struck again in the 58th minute. Javier Morales sent a cross from the right flank to Saborio at the upper left corner of the 6-yard box, and he jumped and headed the ball home.
Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon was shown a red card when he committed a handball outside the area in the 76th minute.