MLS: Real Salt Lake 3, Los Angeles 1

March 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM

CARSON, Calif., March 11 (UPI) -- Fabian Espindola scored in the 85th minute Saturday to finish off a wild second half that resulted in a 3-1 victory for Real Salt Lake over Los Angeles.

The defending MLS champion Galaxy did not lose a home game all of last season and they seemed on their way to a victory in their season opener when Edson Buddle scored on a header in the 71st minute.

Los Angeles then collapsed down the stretch, beginning when the Galaxy's Sean Franklin put the ball into his own net to create a 1-1 tie.

Salt Lake then pounced on the stunned Galaxy to score twice in 5 minutes.

Javier Morales drove the ball into the bottom left corner from the center of the box and Espindola beat goaltender Josh Saunders with a left-footed shot off a feed from Alvaro Saborio.

The Galaxy went 12-0-5 at home last season. Real Salt Lake finished third in the Western Conference behind Los Angeles and Seattle.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Seattle Seahawks hold off Detroit Lions for controversial win
Oakland Athletics promote Billy Beane, name David Forst GM
Apology saves Rory McIlroy $20K
Falcons hope to get injured RB Coleman back this week