Robbie Findley scored his first goal of the 2010 season, and Brian Ching played in his first game since injuring his hamstring on April 1, as the former’s Real Salt Lake downed the latter’s Dynamo 3-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium last night.
Both players will join the U.S. national team camp in Princeton, N.J., starting tomorrow.
But the star of the game was RSL’s Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio, who scored in the 24th and 60th minutes to bring his season total to four goals in eight matches for RSL.
The defending champs are hitting their stride, winning three straight after a 1-3-1 start, and playing fluid attacking soccer—especially in the first half hour of this game, which ended RSL’s eight-game winless streak against the Dynamo.
Findley, though, despite snapping in a header off a nice chip from Kyle Beckerman in the third minute, just does not look like a World Cup-caliber striker to us. He’s fast, yes, but his touch was clunky last night and he missed at least two chances he should have buried.
Ching came on in the 62nd minute and looked good, working hard, holding the ball and combining well with teammates. He may not be Brian McBride-in-his-prime, but he’s the best target forward in the U.S. pool.