SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Casey Townsend scored the first goal of the
season for Chivas USA in a 1-0 victory against Real Salt Lake on
Townsend met RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando in midair, landing to
find the ball at his feet in front of an open net in the 72nd
Chivas (1-2) had enjoyed few opportunities to that point, though
midfielder Peter Vagenas had forced Rimando to stretch out to
deflect a point-blank volley early in the first half.
RSL dominated play for much of the rest of the match, but was
unable to put many shots on target in front of a sellout crowd
of 20,415 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The home team's best chance came in the 84th minute as Alvaro
Saborio took a pass from Fabian Espindola, and sent a shot over
the head of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy that hit the crossbar.