Luis Silva and Jefferson Savarino each scored their first goals of the season to lift Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night in Sandy, Utah.
Brek Shea scored a late consolation goal for Vancouver (3-2-1), which was looking for an MLS-best third away victory of the season.
That would’ve solidified the best six-game start in Vancouver franchise history.
Instead, Salt Lake (2-2-1) improved to 6-1-3 all time against Vancouver at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Claret and Cobalt are also 7-1-3 in their last 11 home matches overall, dating back to last season.
Silva broke through in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time with his first goal since a 2-1 victory over Kansas City on Oct. 22, the final day of the 2017 regular season.
After taking Brooks Lennon’s cross, Silva spun one defender and then drove a low shot that deflected off another, redirecting the ball past wrongfooted goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic.
It was a deserved goal for Silva, who also had Salt Lake’s previous best chance of the first in the 19th minute when Marinovic pushed over his long-range effort.
Vancouver searched for an equalizer, but rarely threatened before Savarino doubled the hosts’ advantage on a blistering counterattack.
The Whitecaps’ best chance to tie came in the 79th minute, when Cristian Techera unfurled a long-range effort that goalkeeper Nick Rimando pushed away for the last of his three saves.
But the game was out of reach in the 88th.
Damir Kreilach got down the left and found Corey Baird near the byline. Baired dropped a cross back in front of goal for Savarino, who thumped his low finish past Marinovic for his first tally since Sept. 23 of last year.
Shea scored his third of the season in second-half stoppage time on a goal that initially appeared as if it had been waived off by officials. Either way, there wasn’t realistically time to mount a comeback.
—Field Level Media