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|Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:20 am Post subject: Former Reggae Boy Williams scores in Real Salt Lake win
Saturday, September 01, 2007
UTAH, USA (CMC)
Jamaica international Andy Williams scored a late goal to help Real Salt Lake heap insult on top of
injury, when they crushed the Kansas City Wizards 3-1 in United States Major League Soccer on
Wednesday at the Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Williams scored his first goal of the season in the closing minutes to earn Real their third victory of
the season that allowed them to climb out of last place in the Western Conference standings and
ahead of David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Real coach Jason Kreis gambled with his line-up for the match and giving starts to all three of the
team's newly-acquired Argentinians - Fabian Espindola, Javier Morales, and Matias Mantilla.
The result was wildly, aggressive attacking football that put the home team out of reach of their
Protecting a slim lead into the 85th minute, Williams had the photo-finish goal of the game, after
Trinidad & Tobago's Atiba Harris won the ball in the midfield and slid it over to Williams.
The Jamaican took a step over the center stripe and, seeing Hartman had strayed off his line, drove
a high ball into the goal as the KC goalkeeper was left no chance for the final scoreline.
Earlier, the Argentine influence was felt from early, when Mantilla got a head on a Morales corner
kick, and set a new record for Real, eclipsing the record for earliest goal in a game set by Brian
Dunseth in 2005.
It was also the second quickest goal scored in a game this year (RSL allowed a goal to Chivas
USA's Maykel Galindo after 28 seconds), and tied the 18th-quickest in MLS history.
Espindola also made his mark for Real before the end of the first half, when Alecko Eskandarian
intercepted a ball in midfield and sent it his way near the left wing from where he rifled a hard shot
from inside the area past Kansas net-minder Kevin Hartman inside the near post for a 2-0 lead
in the 42nd minute.
Kansas City got back into the match, when Sasha Victorine flicked a through ball with his heel
over to Eddie Johnson, who kicked a right-footed side volley on the turn with his back to the goal
and knocked it inside the far left post in the 69th minute. But Williams and Real had just a bit more
in the tank.