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Whitecaps win in three periods over Real Salt Lake

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Niagara Falls, Ont. teenager Russell Teibert scored and then delivered the corner that led to Terry Dunfield’s winner as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1 in their first preseason game.

The match, held in Arizona, was broken into three 45-minute segments to allow both clubs the chance to get as many prospects on the field as possible. It’s also the first chapter in what some RSL fans are championing as an Olympic rivalry between the 2002 and 2010 host cities.

Arturo Alvarez, who was acquired from San Jose by Portland in the expansion draft — and then sent to Real Salt Lake via trade, got the equalizer before Dunfield’s winner just a few minutes into the second half… er… period?

Omar Salgado, the Whitecaps No. 1 pick in the Superdraft, but, because of FIFA residency rules, can’t play in MLS until his 18th birthday in September, came in as a sub in the third period and picked up a yellow card.

“Disappointing result but it’s preseason,” Tweeted RSL defender Rauwshan McKenzie. “Thought we did some things well and other could use some work. The effort was there just need to get back to work. Less than a month #CCL.”

Real Salt Lake has an abbreviated training camp as the club needs to be prepared for the first leg of its CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final in Columbus in late February.

Teibert spent some time with TFC Academy before heading west to the Whitecaps’ residency program. He debuted in Div. 2 soccer last year as a 17-year-old.

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