In the first meeting between MLS clubs in this year’s CONCACAF Champions League, Real Salt Lake dispatched visiting Toronto FC 4-1 last night, one day after Toronto dismissed coach Preki and GM Mo Johnston.
Interim coach Nick Dasovic made his debut, and despite a fortunate start, it was not pretty. Toronto defender Maicon Santos found the net in the eighth minute after a weak backpass from RSL defender Chris Wingert gave Toronto a breakaway. But Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman and Jamison Olave both buried headers off corner kicks before halftime to give the hosts a 2-1 lead at the break.
Twenty minutes into the second half, Toronto DP Mista was red-carded, and the wheels came completely off for the visitors.
Defender Nick Garcia took down RSL midfielder Will Johnson in the box in the 69th minute, leading to an Alvaro Saborio PK (his fifth goal in three CCL matches).
Ten minutes after that, 21-year-old Paulo Araujo, on loan from Miami FC of the D-2 Pro League and making his RSL debut, capped the scoring, turning in a cross from Robbie Findley to make it 4-1.
The win leaves RSL tied with Cruz Azul (which routed Adabe Unido 6-0 in Panama City) atop Group A with six points.
Toronto is tied with Unido at three points.