Plata, who registered his first goal of the season, scored on a penalty kick in the 96th minute following a handball in the penalty area by Lalas Abubakar. Plata sneaked a right-footed shot underneath keeper Tim Howard, who got a piece of the ball. Three minutes later, Savarino punched it in after taking a short cross from Albert Rusnak to seal the win.
The Rapids were reduced to 10 men in the 89th minute when referee Ted Unkel showed Kei Kamara a straight red card for a tackle on Brooks Lennon.
Moments later, Damir Kreilach thought he scored the winner when he slid in at the back post to connect with a Savarino cross. But following video review it was determined Savarino was offside.
Nick Rimando made five saves to earn the clean sheet, including a double save following a 27th-minute corner kick where he initially denied Tommy Smith’s headed shot and swatted away Kamara’s rebound from in front of the net.
RSL (13-10-4, 43 points) beat Colorado (7-14-6, 27 points), 3-2 earlier this year and now have claimed the Rocky Mountain Cup for the fourth straight year. They moved to second place in the Western Conference with the win, their fourth in the last five games. The Rapids are tied for last in the West, 10 points below the playoff line.
After three consecutive home games, Real Salt Lake head to Portland to take on the Timbers next Saturday, while Colorado play at the New York Red Bulls in a week’s time.
Aug 24, 2019; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad (15) and Colorado Rapids forward Diego Rubio (7) battle for the ball in the first half at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports