Real Salt Lake 0, Fire 0
Backup goaltender Kyle Reynish made two key saves to help Real
Salt Lake tie the Chicago Fire 0-0 on Wednesday night.
With a point for the tie, Salt Lake (7-3-2) took the Western
Conference lead – a point ahead of San Jose and Seattle. Salt Lake
is 2-0-2 in its last four matches.
Reynish, seeing his first action of the season, started with
regular keeper Nick Rimando sidelined by a right shoulder injury.
Reynish made a difficult save on Dominic Oduro in the sixth minute,
and ranged to his left to stop Marco Pappa’s hard 16-yarder with 5
minutes remaining in regulation time.
Rimando is expected back Saturday against Seattle.
Sean Johnson picked up his first shutout of the season for
Paulo Junior had Salt Lake’s best opportunity to score. Johnson
stopped his 17-yard shot 20 seconds into the second half, the most
difficult of his three saves. Before and after that, the Fire
defense marked Real closely, especially with defender Austin
Berry’s coverage of forward Alvaro Saborio. Saborio, Real’s leading
scorer with four goals in the first 11 matches, was held to one
The Fire controlled the scoreless first half. Reynish watched
Oduro’s header carom off the crossbar 3 minutes before stopping him
from close range. Chicago also pressed late in the first half, with
midfiender Sebastian Grazzini’s shot from 15 yards out in the 40th
minute deflecting wide before it reached the goal.
Salt Lake lost midfielder Javier Morales with a right quadriceps
strain 28 minutes into the game. Morales was replaced by Luis