This Saturday, Real Salt Lake kicks off a 2012 season that it hopes and expects to end with some hardware. Even though the trophies eluded RSL a year ago, with everything the club endured from January to November, it’s hard not to look back on 2011 as a successful campaign. Here’s a look back at the 10 biggest goals for Real Salt Lake in 2011, not to mention an unlikely save for the ages.

11 Beckerman strikes in the pouring rain

In a torrential downpour at Buck Shaw Stadium in the season opener, for long stretches it looked as if Real Salt Lake and San Jose were headed for a scoreless stalemate in the brutal conditions. Out of nowhere though and against the run of play, Kyle Beckerman uncorked a shot from distance that bounced in of the post to give the visitors the 1-0 lead. RSL road the momentum of that victory for another month.

Watch a clip of the goal below:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgb9ylo7464&t=4m14s

10 Sabo snaps Seattle's winning streak

Facing a red-hot Seattle team on the road, RSL's hopes of building on its two-game winning streak seemed minimal at best. With the score level at 1-1 and both teams down to 10 men, Alvaro Saborio demonstrated his clinical finishing ability as he drilled a shot past Kasey Keller in the 56th minute. It proved to be the game-winner for RSL.

Watch a clip of the goal below:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V4SwZkq1O8&t=6m18s

9 Doing it for Javy


Eleven days after losing the Champions League final, RSL was dealt another painful blow when Javier Morales broke his ankle when he was taken down from behind by Marcos Mondaini. The red card was the second of the match for Chivas USA, but amazingly 50 minutes later the score was still 0-0. A scoreless draw would've been a sickening feeling for the players to absorb after what they'd been through the past week and a half. Will Johnson came to the rescue scoring the winning goal in the 87th minute.

Watch a clip of the goal below:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcr_G_9r5qo&t=5m45s

8 Espindola saves face for RSL

On the night RSL was set to retire Jason Kreis' jersey, the Fourth of July festivities got off to an awful start against the Revolution — one of the worst teams in the league. Nat Borchers was red carded in the third minute and then New England proceeded to score twice in the first 16 minutes. Miraculously though, RSL fought back, and Fabian Espindola helped his team salvage a 3-3 draw with an equalizer in the 83rd minute.

Watch a clip of the goal below:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTok8o03eR4&t=8m26s

7 Burying the Galaxy early

It took less than 90 seconds for Andy Williams to put RSL ahead 1-0 in the much-anticipated showdown between what many believed were the two best teams in MLS. The home team never relinquished the momentum from that early goal to a 4-1 thrashing of the Galaxy.

Watch a clip of the goal below:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqnXPg10Ffs&t=1m42s

6 Espindola's 93rd-minute tally

If the Rocky Mountain Cup has proven anything through the years, it's to stay in your seat until the final whistle. With RSL's three-game winning streak on the verge of coming to a close in the 93rd minute, Fabian Espindola came to the rescue burying the winner against Colorado after Javier Morales' free kick bounced off the cross bar. The goal not only extended the winning streak to four, but it proved to be the clincher months later as RSL retained the Rocky Mountain Cup.

Watch a clip of the goal below:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB0IapnXXLY

5 Borchers elevates in Mexico

When Monterrey took an early 1-0 in the 17th minute of the first leg of the Champions League final, there were moments when it looked like the Rayados might build on the advantage and bury Real Salt Lake before the two-game aggregate series shifted back to Utah. Nat Borchers changed all that as he elevated to head home a Will Johnson cross to tie the game at 1-1. It was game on from that momentum on.

Watch a clip of the goal below:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjSMX5_IuHk&t=54s

4 Grabavoy's playoff insurance goal

Leading Seattle 2-0, Real Salt Lake was already in a pretty good spot heading into the dying minutes of the first leg of its conference semifinal with the Sounders. Ned Grabavoy, however, improved that position immensely in the 88th minute with a goal that gave RSL a 3-0 lead heading into the second leg in Seattle. Grabavoy's goal proved to be the series clincher as Seattle won the second game 2-0, but lost the series 3-2.

Watch a clip of the goal below:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wlag_20MHY

3 Olave's volley sees RSL through

In the second leg of the Champions League semifinal in Costa Rica, Real Salt Lake was treading water after Saprissa scored early in the second half to push the aggregate score line to 2-1. In the 61st minute though, Jamison Olave came to the rescue volleying in a corner kick that proved to be the series clincher in the 3-2 aggregate series victory.

Watch a clip of the goal below:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtHeXM75GSk

2 Beltran denies Seattle


RSL defender Tony Beltran didn't score a goal all year for Real Salt Lake, but his acrobatic clearance on what easily should've been a Seattle goal in the second leg of the playoffs was almost as good as a goal. His heroics kept the game at 0-0, and even though Seattle went on to win the match 2-0, it needed a 3-0 result to send the playoff series into overtime.

Watch a clip of the goal below:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nDxR4ZR_6k

1 Morales equalizes in Monterrey

In the dying minutes of what was looking more and more like a Monterrey victory in the first leg of the Champions League final, Javier Morales stunned with the home crowd with a wonderful bit of skill to equalize in the 89th minute. With the 2-2 draw in Mexico, RSL was clearly in the driver's seat heading back to Rio Tinto Stadium for the second leg of the CCL final.

Watch a clip of the goal below:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdcmODIazno