SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Fabian Espindola and Luis Gil scored to lift
Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls in
the home opener for RSL on Saturday.
Salt Lake (2-0) came into the game banged up, with veteran
starters Will Johnson and Nat Borchers both sidelined.
Johnson had a strained groin and Borchers a strained quadriceps.
Injuries also caused two other regular starters, Javier Morales
and Alvaro Sabario, to only play as second-half substitutions.
Being short-handed did not limit RSL's ability to dominate both
ends of the field. New York (0-2) struggled to get on track
offensively and defensively and Salt Lake took advantage in a
Fabian Espindola got Salt Lake on the board in the 39th minute
after Paulo Jr. found him all alone on a breakaway. Espindola
launched the ball past goalkeeper Ryan Meara as he came out to
Salt Lake tacked on a second goal in the 58th minute after Gil
punched in the ball after gathering it in inside the goalmouth.