Carson, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Real Salt Lake escaped from the StubHub
Center on Saturday with all three points in tact as a goal from Joao Plata and
some late heroics from Nick Rimando saw the Claret and Cobalt get a 1-0
victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Plata struck 10 minutes from time to give the visitors a narrow lead, one that
Rimando preserved when he stopped a penalty from Robbie Keane deep into
second-half stoppage time.
The result sees Jeff Cassar collect a win in his first outing as a head coach,
lifting Real Salt Lake to momentous start to the new season.
The best chance of the opening period fell to the Galaxy in the 34th minute
when Keane curled a right-footed shot that looked destined for the back of the
net, but the Irishman's effort came back off the post.
Real Salt Lake thought it had taken the lead in the 76th minute only to see
its goal disallowed with Luke Mulholland harshly being ruled offside.
It ultimately made no difference as Plata broke the deadlock four minutes
later, latching on to Kyle Beckerman's through ball and slotting a shot past
The Galaxy were awarded a late penalty when Rob Friend was up-ended by Tony
Beltran in the box, but Rimando spoiled the potential equalizer by denying
Keane on the ensuing spot attempt and securing Salt Lake with a win to open