Sandy » Looks like Real Salt Lake might have discovered the best strike partnership it has ever had, even without the guy who's getting ready to play in the World Cup.
Forwards Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio made magic again Saturday night, combining for the first two goals in a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards at Rio Tinto Stadium that put them on pace to surpass the production of teammate Robbie Findley and Yura Movsisyan last season.
"They play the same soccer, in their minds," midfielder Javier Morales said.
Espindola scored first, in the 31st minute, after starting for the first time in more than a month. He fired a pass from midfielder Andy Williams past goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen and off the far post for his third goal of the season, and second in as many games.
Barely three minutes later, he sent in the cross that Saborio put home off Nielsen's hand for his team-leading fifth goal of the season - all of them at home. Last week, it was Saborio who provided the pass that Espindola turned into the game-winning goal in the 89th minute at Chivas USA.
"He's getting in behind and Sabo's holding it up for us," defender Chris Wingert said. "That's kind of what you need."
Between them, the forwards are on pace to score 24 goals this season - better than the 20 for which Findley and Movsisyan combined last year.
Just missed it
Coach Jason Kreis had been pushing for a shutout, and RSL would have had one if not for the mistake by defender Nat Borchers that allowed Josh Wolff to score in the 42nd minute.
"I'm glad my teammates bailed me out on that one," Borchers said.
One of those teammates was young midfielder J ean Alexandre , who made his first start in place of injured captain Kyle Beckerman and earned solid reviews from Kreis.
The best players and coaches from area adult soccer leagues will participate in the first Real Salt Lake
Zions Bank Ligas All-Star Game on Sept. 18, after RSL plays host to the Chicago Fire at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The game will allow some of Utah's top adult leagues to showcase talent as part of a new Hispanic-based community program formed by RSL, Zions Bank and El Observador de Utah. It will feature players and coaches from Liga Premier de Ogden, Liga Mexico-Utah, Liga OCD and Liga Latinoamericano.
"We're very excited to be able to show the talent we have in our leagues." said Miguel Hernandez of LIGA Premier de Ogden. "This is a huge, huge adventure for us."
Fans will vote for all-stars, and can submit ballots from June 10 to August 14 to representatives of any of the participating ligas or vote at selected Rancho Market, Victor's Tires, or Anayas Market locations.