Apr 20, 2014 at 2.30am UK at ​Rio Tinto Stadium
Salt LakeReal Salt Lake
PortlandPortland Timbers
Grabavoy (78')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Danso (33')

Result: Real Salt Lake edge out Portland Timbers

Ned Grabavoy on March 6, 2012
Ned Grabavoy strikes in the 78th minute to hand Real Salt Lake a narrow 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers in their MLS clash.

Ned Grabavoy scored the only goal of the game to guide Real Salt Lake to a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers.

The visitors could have taken the lead early on when Darlington Nagbe raided through on goal beating several players, but his shot was brilliantly saved by Nick Rimando.

Salt Lake responded with a chance of their own when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area, but Javier Morales's effort went just over the bar.

After the half time, the Timbers came within inches of going ahead as Maximiliano Urruti drove at the Salt Lake defence and fired a shot from the edge of the area, which clattered off the bar and bounced clear.

The roles were reversed minutes later when the home side hit the woodwork after Chris Wingert teed up Morales on the edge of the area, and his low shot beat Donovan Ricketts but struck the base of the post.

However, Salt Lake did take the lead when Grabavoy made a surging run to the edge of the area and then placed a left-footed shot into the bottom corner, past the outstretched hand of Ricketts.

The home side were grateful to keeper Rimando for keeping them in front as he made a great save with his feet to deny Alvas Powell from six yards, after the striker had latched onto a through ball.

Rimando made an even better stop minutes later as he turned Gaston Fernandez's goalbound shot past the post with a diving save to hand his side the three points.

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