By Todd Hayes
Real Salt Lake left little doubt of the outcome at Wednesday night?s game when they scored two consecutive goals within two minutes of each other near the end of the first half.
Real then let the defense do the rest as they went on for the 2-0 victory over their expansion brothers CD Chivas USA to even the series at 1-1, keeping their home record undefeated with a 3-0-1 mark.
The next challenge for RSL is to keep their first winning streak of two games alive as they go to Columbus, Ohio, to face the Crew on Saturday, looking for their first road win of the season.
With leading scorer Jason Kreis out of the line up due to suspension, Real had to look for other sources to put the ball in the net. They found it from two very different sources.
Regular starting midfielder Andy Williams took a pass from fellow midfielder Chris Brown in the 37th minute and put the ball into the upper corner of the goal.
?It was a great play by Chris,? Williams said. ?I just moved off him and he got it to me, and I took a blast.?
Two minutes later, midfielder Seth Trembly, who got his first start of the year, took a pass from fellow first-time starter, forward Jordan Cila, and put the ball into the back of the net.
?Once he [Cila] got the ball in the corner, I knew he could whip a ball in,? Trembly said. ?So I just beelined it to the near post and he whipped a great ball in, and it was just a matter of getting a foot on the ball and getting it on target.?
After the two goals, the defense took over to ensure a positive outcome for the 12,581 fans in attendance.
?Defensively the back four played great,? coach John Ellinger said.
This was the second strong showing for RSL?s defense. Last game, they shut down the high-powered Los Angeles Galaxy and pitched a shutout for the third time this season.
?It is something we?ve been working on,? defender Brain Dunseth said. ?These last two games we?ve been able to shut the door. We?ve learned how to keep a lead.?
Although he did not score in the match, Brown had an impact in the game. He set the tone early when he almost opened the scoring after a long run in the ninth minute when he pushed the ball over the top bar of the goal.
?It was disappointing. The ball kind of hopped up and I got underneath it and it just went over,? Brown said.
He never stopped working and finally broke through with his assist to Williams.
?I was going to shoot and then in the corner of my eye I saw Andy standing right off the defender,? Brown said. ?I just tried to lay it to him and he did well to finish it. To get that first assist is a confidence booster.?