Grabavoy leads the way as RSL charges past ChivasMay 20, 2013 - 4:41 AM Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Ned Grabavoy scored his first two goals of the season on Sunday to lead Real Salt Lake to a 4-1 win over Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center.
Grabavoy had the visitors in front in the fourth minute, and Joao Plata netted a goal early in the second half to double Salt Lake's advantage.
Jorge Villafana gave the home side some hope when he pulled a goal back in the 55th minute, but Robbie Findley's second goal of the campaign 12 minutes from time wrapped up RSL's third win in the past four games before Grabavoy added his second tally in stoppage time.
Chivas has been outscored 11-1 in its last three matches, and has managed to earn just one point from its six most recent outings.
Javier Morales played provider on the opening goal when he laid a pass off to the onrushing Grabavoy, who found space behind the defense to slot his shot past Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
Eric Avila struck the crossbar with a shot from inside the penalty area for Chivas, but the Goats found themselves down 2-0 in the opening minutes of the second half.
Kyle Beckerman intercepted a pass in midfield by heading the ball into the path of Plata, who did the rest by racing in on goal and beating Kennedy.
Villafana reduced the deficit seven minutes later when he headed home Edgar Mejia's cross.
However, RSL put the result away in the 78th as Yordany Alvarez drove a first- time ball to the far post for Findley to turn past Kennedy from a few yards before Grabavoy capped the victory in the final minutes with his second goal of the night.
- REAL SALT LAKE: 4
CHIVAS USA: 1
May 20 12:31 AM
- Real Salt Lake Goal - Grabavoy 2 (Stephenson), 90th minute
Real Salt Lake 4, Chivas USA 1 2nd - 89'May 20 12:30 AM
- Real Salt Lake Goal - Findley 2 (unassisted), 78th minute
Real Salt Lake 3, Chivas USA 1 2nd - 82'May 20 12:17 AM
- Chivas USA Goal - Villafana 1 (Mejia), 55th minute
Real Salt Lake 2, Chivas USA 1 2nd - 58'May 19 11:52 PM
- Real Salt Lake Goal - Plata 1 (Beckerman), 48th minute
Real Salt Lake 2, Chivas USA 0 2nd - 51'May 19 11:45 PM
- REAL SALT LAKE: 1
CHIVAS USA: 0
May 19 11:23 PM
- Real Salt Lake Goal - Grabavoy 1 (Morales), 4th minute
Real Salt Lake 1, Chivas USA 0 1st - 7'May 19 10:42 PM
- REAL SALT LAKE: 0
CHIVAS USA: 0
1st Half - 1'
May 19 10:36 PM
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