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Real Salt Lake defeats rival Rapids

By: The Associated Press
May 17, 2014 Updated: May 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm
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photo - Real Salt Lake midfielder Ned Grabavoy (20) collides with Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna (17) during an MLS soccer game Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan)  LOCAL TV OUT  MAGS OUT  DESERET NEWS OUT
Real Salt Lake midfielder Ned Grabavoy (20) collides with Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna (17) during an MLS soccer game Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan) LOCAL TV OUT MAGS OUT DESERET NEWS OUT 

SANDY, Utah — Joao Plata scored his sixth goal of the season and Real Salt Lake remained undefeated with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the opening match of the Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry Saturday night.

RSL (6-0-5) hasn't dropped a game in its first 11 matches this season and is the only undefeated team in Major League Soccer.

Plata scored in the 23rd minute with a roller past goalkeeper Clint Irwin to the far post.

Javier Morales scored on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute to put RSL up 2-0. It was Morales' fourth goal.

Salt Lake was without starting goalkeeper Nick Rimando and captain Kyle Beckerman, who were among 30 players training at Stanford for a spot on the U.S. men's team for the World Cup this summer. Forward Alvaro Saborio was away with the Costa Rican national team.

The Rapids (4-4-3) avoided the shutout with defender Drew Moor's header into the corner in the 83rd minute.

Salt Lake is coming off a 5-2 victory over the Houston Dynamo last weekend, while the Rapids lost 3-1 at home to Chivas USA.

The Rocky Mountain Cup was created in 2005, Real Salt Lake's first season in MLS.

Last season the Rapids won the rivalry with a win and two draws. Real Salt Lake leads the all-time competition 6-3.

The home team has not lost in Rocky Mountain Cup play for the last two seasons.

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