Toronto FC have suffered their first loss of the 2014 MLS Season, falling 3-0 to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. The poor possession and passing numbers finally caught up with the club, as they were dominated from start to finish by a more organized and opportunistic RSL side.
Alvaro Saborio converted a penalty in the 11th minute and added a goal in the 55th to lead the home side to victory. Luis Gil had the other goal as a result of one of the many instances of dominating ball control from Real Salt Lake.
The crowd at Rio Tinto was jubilant throughout the match, a first taste of what it now means for other supporters to have their clubs beat Toronto FC. As the game wound down they chanted "Overrated" at the disgruntled away players.
A more detailed analysis of what went wrong for TFC will be posted later. But here are the highlights and match summary of Toronto's first setback of 2014.
RSL- Alvaro Saborio 11' (PK)
RSL- Luis Gil 28'
RSL- Alvaro Saborio 55'
TFC- Jermain Defoe 29' (Caution)
TFC- Doneil Henry 31' (Caution)
TFC- Steven Caldwell 35' (Caution)
RSL- Chris Schuler 38' (Caution)
Toronto FC: 2-1-0 6pts
Real Salt Lake: 2-0-2 8pts
Lineups Toronto FC- Cesar, Orr (Nakajima-Farran 60'), Caldwell, Henry, Morrow, Bloom, Bradley, Hall (Bekker 78'), Rey, Defoe (De Rosario 62'), Gilberto
Unused Subs: Wiedeman, Morgan, Hagglund, Bendik
Real Salt Lake- Rimando, Beltran, Borchers, Schuler, Wingert (Balchan 58'), Beckerman, Grabavoy, Gil, Morales (Mulholland 89'), Garcia (Sandoval 84'), Saborio
Unused Subs: Attinella, Grossman, Sterzer, Salcedo