RSL notes: Williams spot on with more bold predictions
Sandy » Just as he correctly forecast a goal in his last home game, Andy Williams predicted on his Facebook page that he would record two assists for Real Salt Lake in its crucial 3-0 victory over rival Colorado at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night.
Even more impressive, he had a pretty good idea who would make him look so good.
Forward Robbie Findley scored twice off plays that Williams created, finding the net for the first time in nearly two months and putting RSL in position to make the Major League Soccer playoffs. Coach Jason Kreis credited him with a "huge" performance, after being disappointed at being left out of the starting lineup five times in the previous seven games.
"I was feeling confident this whole week," Findley said. "Started the game, so it felt good. Felt good to get two goals."
Both of Findley's goals came in the first half, as results around Major League Soccer were falling RSL's way.
His first strike came on a header in the 15th minute, after teammate Fabian Espindola chested down a long pass from Williams and chipped the ball high for Findley to knock off goalkeeper Preston Burpo's glove and into the top corner of the net.
In the 33rd minute, he deftly tapped a long pass from Williams over the onrushing Burpo and finished with his left foot into an empty net.
"He's been on fire in training," Williams said. "All our forwards, they've been pretty sick in training. ... I figured if I got them in a goal-scoring position, they would finish tonight."
The goals gave Findley a career-high 12 goals this season -- second-most in team history -- assuring he will rank among the top scorers in the league. He had not scored since striking twice in a victory over Chivas USA on August 26.
""It was an ideal situation," Kreis said. "For him to come in this week and handle things the way he did speaks volumes for the development of Robbie Findley."
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