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September 29, 2010, 12:46 PM
TORONTO -- Javier Morales' second-half goal helped Real Salt Lake salvage a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC Tuesday night in the CONCACAF Champions League, enough for the defending MLS champion to be the first squad to advance to the quarterfinals.

Highlights: Toronto v. Salt Lake | Cruz Azul v. Arabe Unido | Saprissa v. Monterrey
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Match summaries: Toronto 1 - Salt Lake 1 | Cruz Azul 2 - Arabe Unido 0 | Saprissa 2 - Monterrey 2
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"We're an extremely pleased team right now to accomplish one of our major major goals this season," RSL coach Jason Kreis said. "We started out at the beginning of the year saying we need to put a lot of focus and emphasis on this tournament. Credit to our guys they've done that and deservedly we're through to the next round."

Morales' equalizer helped RSL counter Jacob Peterson's first goal in a Reds uniform and extend Toronto's winless streak at home in all competitions to six games.

Cruz Azul defeated 2-0 Arabe Unido on Tuesday, leaving both the Mexican side and RSL with 10 points apiece, six better than Toronto with just one game left. Arabe Unido was a point behind Toronto.

"I asked the players to again play a different sort of system than we normally play at home. I just feel all the games that we've had have started to pile up and it's difficult.....It just wasn't enough, and I guess we're officially eliminated from this competition, but we have more one in that one and a few more league games and, hopefully, we can keep things going," TFC interim head coach Nick Dasovic said.

Kreis juggled his roster in CCL and MLS games last week with one goal in mind -- beat Toronto and wrap up a quarterfinal berth to focus on the rest of the MLS season.

He rested Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Jamison Olave, Will Johnson and Alvaro Saborio against Colorado last Saturday to have them ready to face Toronto.

Despite the rest and the high stakes, RSL came out flat at the start, failing to get their first shot on goal until the 30th minute when Saborio's low attempt was stopped by second-choice goalkeeper Jon Conway.

That gave Toronto a window and it capitalized when Peterson opened the scoring in the 19th minute on a quick break.
Conway threw the ball down the field to a streaking Peterson, who ran onto the ball, cut into the middle on defender Chris Wingert and beat goalkeeper Rimando inside the left post.

The goal broke open a quiet first 20 minutes, which saw no chances for either team.

Dwayne De Rosario, whose check-signing goal celebration in Saturday's 3-2 loss to San Jose rankled some in Toronto, nearly doubled the lead in the 59th, but Rimando made a diving stop on his low shot.

The score stayed that way until the 68th minute when RSL equalized on a set play. Morales' free kick from 25 meters curved over the wall and found the left side of the goal past a helpless Conway.

That score broke a four-game goalless drought for RSL at BMO Field. Until the goal, RSL had not scored in four games at the stadium, also home of the Canadian national teams, losing 1-0 twice and playing to two scoreless draws.
Toronto threatened several times more, but failed to finish its chances.

Toronto striker Maicon Santos was forced out of the game in the 31st minute with a welt on the right side of his forehead from a collision with Rimando and replaced by Chad Barrett.

Group A will finish October 19 for the sixth and final round of matches with Cruz Azul travelling to face RSL for the group title and Toronto hosting Arabe Unido.


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