Soccer  > General Soccer  > Salt Lake overwhelms 10-man Toronto 4-1
September 16, 2010, 10:51 AM
SANDY, Utah -- Jamison Olave scored five minutes before halftime to give Real Salt Lake the lead and the Major League Soccer champion went on to a 4-1 victory over Toronto FC to spoil the debut of Nick Dasovic as interim coach of the Canadian side.

The result enabled Real Salt Lake to keep pace with Cruz Azul, a 6-0 winner over Arabe Unido on Wednesday, with six points atop Group A in the CONCACAF Champions League while Toronto slipped into a tie for third with the Panamanian side.

Toronto took the lead in the eighth minute, but an equalizer by Kyle Beckerman and Olave's go-ahead goal just before halftime set up a dominant second half by Salt Lake aided by the 66th-minute dismissal of Mista.

A day after Toronto fired Director of Soccer Mo Johnston and head coach Preki, the Canadian champion looked to give Dasovic a win in his first game as a head coach.

Toronto took the initiave from the start, creating several chances early and taking the lead after
Nate Borchers turned the ball over. Maicon Dos Santos and striker O'Brian White closed on RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando with White unselfishly opting to send a pass to Santos.

The Brazilian directed the ball into the open goal to end a five-match goalless drought for Toronto which had reached 491 minutes.

RSL equalized in the 21st minute when Andy Williams' corner kick found an unmarked Beckerman, whose volley was knocked by Julian de Guzman, standing on the line, into the roof of the net.

Olave then gave Salt Lake the lead, settling a free kick from Williams, and sending a low header by goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

Toronto's hopes of a comeback were seriously damaged when Mista was sent off in the 66th minute for an off-the-ball clash with Beckerman.

Three minutes later, Toronto defender Nick Garcia fouled Canadian international and Toronto native Will Johnson in the penalty area. Saborio converted the penalty for his fifth goal in three CCL matches to make it 3-1.

Then, Paulo Araujo Jr., acquired less than a week ago, rounded out the scoring in the 79th minute, redirecting a cross from Robbie Findley to beat Frei.

RSL, which extended its home unbeaten streak to 25 matches at Rio Tinto Stadium in all competitions since May 2009, will next head to Panama to face Arabe Unido, while Toronto will travel to Mexico City to face Cruz Azul.


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