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Findley lifts Real Salt Lake past Chivas

Jun 15, 2008 - 5:53 AM CARSON, California (Ticker) -- Robbie Findley scored the game's lone goal as Real Salt Lake posted a 1-0 triumph over Chivas USA on Saturday.

Nick Rimando made four saves en route to his third shutout of the season for Real (4-5-3), which beat Chivas (4-6-2) on the road for the first time in franchise history.

"I don't feel like it's a big monkey off our back or anything like that," Real coach Jason Kreis said of the club's first road win. "I felt it was only a matter of time before it would come and I think we're a better team then we get credit for. I think Robbie Findley did in excellent job and is beginning to play like the guy I saw in preseason."

Findley notched his third goal this season in the 34th minute when he tucked a left-footed shot past Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who came out to challenge but ended up sliding out of position.

"It's great to come here and win," Findley said. "We had other chances this year and they got away from us. We knew eventually it would come and I'm just glad I had a part in it. I think that in the second half we showed that we can shut them down.

"Kyle (Beckerman) sent me a good ball and I was able to run on to it and get a touch. I think the keeper probably came out too much, so I was able to slip it past him."

Chivas had multiple opportunities to level the contest in the second half, but Rimando was up to the challenge.

"You know we had our chances and couldn't convert them," Chivas midfielder Jesse Marsch said. "I think we're lacking a little bit of quality around the goal and it's been that way all year. So we need to work on getting guys in good spots and following through on are chances."

Ante Razov fired a shot to the low left corner between a wall of Real defenders on a free kick in the 56th minute and Rimando made a diving stop to preserve the lead.

Rimando, who now has 46 career blankings, also denied Justin Braun's breakaway attempt in the 63rd minute. Braun was all alone but rushed his shot and Rimando made the save easily.

"In the second half, I made my changes and we controlled the tempo," Chivas coach Preki said. "We had several chances. It feels as if we can't find our touch in front of goal and put it away. That's just how it is right now."