The victory is RSL's third in the last four games, enabling the team to move into sole possession of second place in the Western Conference with a record of 6-5-2.
“This should be our time," said head coach Jason Kreis. "It starts with what we did tonight and we look to roll forward with positive momentum for four home games in a row. We need to get on a roll here and get things going.”
Grabavoy scored his first goal of the season in the 4th minute of the contest with a left-footed blast from just outside the 18-yard box. It was Grabavoy's first goal since October, 2010.
“I think it’s great," said Grabavoy. "We talked a lot before the game about just trying to play simple and not forcing things. We knew we were going to find chances; it was just a matter of finishing them. We probably could have finished a lot more, but the fact that we are creating a lot of chances on the road is a real positive for us.”
Early in the second half, Joao Plata gave RSL a 2-0 lead after a pass caromed off Kyle Beckerman's head, giving Plata a breakaway opportunity. The goal was Plata's first as a member of Real Salt Lake.
Chivas USA cut the deficit in the half in the 55th minute on a header by Jorge Villafana. The Goats nearly leveled the match two minutes later, but RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando kicked away a point-blank scoring attempt by Giovani Casillas.
Robbie Findley, back after missing the last month with foot and knee injuries, scored his second goal of the season in the 78th minute to give RSL a 3-1 lead.
“I think we came with what we wanted to do, which is get three points," said Findley. "We had a lot of opportunities and we put some of them away, but the most important thing is we got the three points.”
Grabavoy capped the scoring barrage in stoppage time with his second goal of the game off a beautiful pass from Khari Stevenson.
Real Salt Lake plays its next four MLS matches at home beginning Saturday night against the Chicago Fire. The game will be televised by CW30 starting at 7:00 p.m.