Saborio lifts Real Salt Lake over Earthquakes, 2-0

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)—Alvaro Saborio scored twice in the final 20 minutes and Real Salt Lake kept defending league MVP Chris Wondolowski off the score sheet to beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 Sunday night.

Saborio broke open a scoreless match in the 71st minute when he outraced two San Jose defenders to reach a pass that Joao Plata looped over the Earthquakes’ back line. Saborio, RSL’s leading scorer in each of the last three seasons, then finished with a strong right foot from 17 yards, beating San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch to the near post.

RSL got its insurance goal in the 85th minute when Kyle Beckerman—making his 300th career MLS appearance—found Saborio unmarked in the Quakes’ box. The Costa Rican international swiveled at 11 yards to tuck a left-footed shot inside the far post.

RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando made two saves for his 100th MLS shutout. He ranks second on the league’s all-time list, trailing only Kevin Hartman.

Coming off a Supporters’ Shield-winning season with a franchise-record 72 goals, the Earthquakes were held scoreless for the first time in 16 regular-season matches. It was not for a lack of trying by Wondolowski, who tied Roy Lassiter’s single-season MLS scoring record last year with 27 goals.

Wondolowski took seven shots on the night but couldn’t convert any of them. That included a bouncing half-volley in the 15th minute that crashed off the crossbar thanks to a fingertip touch by Rimando, and a wide-open full volley in the 35th that Wondolowski sent wide.

It was a measure of revenge for the visitors, who lost all three matches to San Jose last year, including 3-1 and 5-0 road defeats. RSL is now 3-0 in opening-weekend matches at Buck Shaw Stadium, having also won here to begin the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

The loss snapped San Jose’s 18-match regular-season unbeaten streak at Buck Shaw, which dated to Aug. 13, 2011. It was also the first time San Jose went scoreless in a regular-season contest since a 0-0 draw at FC Dallas on July 7.

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