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MLS Game Summary - Los Angeles at Real Salt Lake



(Wednesday, June 9, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Real Salt Lake 1, Los Angeles 0

Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - Defending Major League Soccer Cup champions Real Salt Lake used an 80th minute Javier Morales goal to hand the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-0 defeat at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday night.

The win stretches RSL's current unbeaten run to seven games overall and 19 games in all competitions at home, 16 in league play.

The first half of the game was pretty uneventful, with a 35-minute lightning delay taking all the flow out of the opening frame.

RSL (7-3-2) started taking the momentum at the end of the first half, with a Will Johnson run into the area being the best chance. But L.A. goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts came out to take away angle and ball went out of bounds, leading to a corner kick.

Neither team really had any quality chances in the second half until Morales' winner, which was fluky at best.

With the Argentine well offside, the ball was played into the area. But it deflected off defender Omar Gonzalez, negating the offside, and Morales, who had been cherry picking, found himself alone in the area with the ball on his foot. He quickly slotted the chance past Ricketts for his fourth goal of the season.

The 1-0 deficit was the first the Galaxy (10-1-2) have faced this season on only the fourth goal allowed.

Also, the loss snapped L.A.'s 12-game unbeaten run to start the season, ending its chances of setting a new MLS record in that category.

L.A. has awhile to think about the loss because of the World Cup break, with its next match on June 26 at Toronto, while RSL plays next vs. San Jose at home a day earlier.

06/09 23:54:36 ET