Savarino buried the game-winning goal in the 87th minute, lifting RSL over the Portland Timbers 2-1 Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real advances to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs to face the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday. The Sounders beat FC Dallas 4-3 in extra time earlier in the day.
Despite sub-40 weather and plenty of snow, neither team gave an inch for the first 86 minutes of regular time, each scoring a goal per half. But it was Savarino’s goal that made the difference.
Savarino received a pass from Albert Rusnák inside the box, took one touch and fired with his right foot.