By CAITLIN MURRAY
It may have not been the biggest win, but Real Salt Lake nabbed a tough three points this week by playing well on both sides of the ball and continuing to prove themselves as a top team. They head into Week 8 still unbeaten.
With a tight 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers, Nick Rimando proved to be a difference-maker, coming up with big saves to preserve the shutout.
First, Rimando denyed Darlington Nagbe, pushing a close-range shot over the crossbar. Later, Rimando again blocked a shot just outside the 6-yard-box, stopping Alvas Powell’s attempt with the outside of his right foot. Then, Rimando did it again, diving to block Gastón Fernández’s blast from the top of the box.
On the other end, RSL’s offense did their jobs well enough to create a handful of chances on goal, with midfielder Ned Grabavoy finding the breakthrough on a well-finished far post tap.
As a collective, RSL looks to be in top form as they hold onto a third-place standing in the Western Conference.
Real Salt Lake beat out Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas for this week’s honors.
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