Real Salt Lake blew a 2-0 2nd half lead, but came back and defeated San Jose 4-3 in penalty kicks Wednesday night.
“I don’t think that we played well with a lead for most of the match,” said RSL Coach Jason Kreis. “To have a response from our guys when they went from being 2 up to down… is another piece of fight we can put in our bank.”
Many of RSL’s starters sat out the match; however, Robbie Findley started and scored his first goal of the season. Nelson Gonzalez also scored his first goal in a RSL jersey.
In the final 16 minutes, RSL gave up two goals and let the match slip into extra time.
FIFA rules no longer prescribe sudden death or the “golden goal,” which is good for RSL because they gave up another goal in the first extra period. Fortunately, with just a few minutes to go, Nat Borchers scored an equalizer that sent the match to penalties.
Real’s Johnson, Beckerman, Findley, Russell, and Williams all made their penalty kicks, while San Jose missed their first kick. As a result, Real advances and will face the winner of DC United and FC Dallas.
Chris Wingert left the match early with a hamstring injury. Kreis said after the match that Wingert is unlikely to play Saturday.
Many of RSL’s normal starters did not start, but Russell, Beckerman, and Williams all subbed into the match. They received more minutes than Kreis planned, given the 30 extra minutes.
Real is now in a hole as they will be tired for Saturday’s match in LA.
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