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RSL needs late flurry to beat 10-man Rapids 3-0

April 22, 2018
Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata (10) collides with Colorado Rapids defender Bismark Adjei-Boateng (21) during an MLS soccer match in Sandy, Utah, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata (10) collides with Colorado Rapids defender Bismark Adjei-Boateng (21) during an MLS soccer match in Sandy, Utah, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Joao Plata scored on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute, Damir Kreilach and Albert Rusnak added goals and Real Salt Lake beat the Colorado Rapids 3-0 on Saturday night.

Colorado held Real Salt Lake scoreless for over 60 minutes while down a man until referee Joseph Dickerson charged Colorado’s Tommy Smith with a hand ball in the area after a video review. Plata converted with a low hard shot to the left to open the scoring for RSL (3-3-1).

Kreilach settled Rusnak’s pass and bent a shot around defender Axel Sjoberg to double the lead in the 89th. Rusnak capped the scoring on a free kick in the 92nd.

Rapids (2-2-2) goalkeeper Tim Howard was sent off in the 20th minute for denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity with a hand ball outside the area. Howard was well beyond the 18-yard box when he challenged RSL’s Jefferson Savarino on a breakaway and blocked Savarino’s shot with his left arm extended.