Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – Real Salt Lake survived a stiff challenge from the La Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium making it out of the match with 1 point on a high spirited 3-3 draw.
It was another early goal that put RSL on their heals when in the 6th minute Giovani dos Santos put the ball in front of Emmanuel Boateng who beat Nick Rimando to put the Galaxy on top.
Real Salt Lake had plenty of chances the first half with a number of chances including a ball in the net by Yura Movsisyan called back when the AR raised his flag. Referee Chris Penso went to his pocket over and over as he issued four yellow cards in the first 45 minutes and two more in the second half.
The home club came hit the pitch for the second half even more aggressive than the first and it paid off in the 53rd minute when Joao Plata was fouled by goalkeeper Brian Rowe and earned a penalty kick. Plata put the ball past Rowe to level the score at 1-1.
LA didn’t let Real celebrate too long and appeared to be running away with the match with a brace by Giovani dos Santos on goals in the 57th and 64th minutes. Plata pulled back one goal with his own brace in the 67th minute to bring RSL back within 1 goal.
It looked like LA would steal 3 points until Juan Manuel Martinez pulled off a little magic in the 90’+3′ shot the ball directly at Brian Rowe who couldn’t grab the ball as it passed right under him and into the back of the net.
Real Salt Lake remains undefeated at home and is currently in second place in the west as they prepare for the short turn around to head to Portland to take on the Timbers who are fighting for a spot in the playoffs.
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 1 2 3
LA Galaxy 1 2 3
LAG – Emmanuel Boateng – 6′
RSL – Joao Plata – 53′
LAG – Giovani dos Santos – 57′
LAG – Giovani dos Santos – 64′
RSL – Joao Plata – 67′
RSL – Juan Manuel Martinez – 90’+4′
RSL– Chris Wingert – 2′ – Unsporting Behavior
RSL– Kyle Beckerman– 17′ – Unsporting Behavior
LAG– Jeff Larentowicz – 25′ – Unsporting Behavior
RSL– Jamison Olave– 27′ – Unsporting Behavior
RSL– Luke Mulholland– 62′ – Persistent Infringement
LAG– Giovani dos Santos – 90’+5′ – dissent
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referee: Danny Thornberry
Assistant Referee: Kevin Klinger
4th Official: Nima Saghafi
Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran (John Stertzer, 85′); Jamison Olave; Chris Wingert; Demar Phillips; Kyle Beckerman (C); Javier Morales; Luke Mullholland (Jordan Allen, 63′); Juan Manuel Martinez; Joao Plata; Yura Movsisyan
Substitutes Not Used: Jeff Attinella; Pedro Baez; Phanuel Kavita; Sunday Stephens; Boyd Okwuonu
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Ashley Cole; Robbie Rogers; Leonardo; Daniel Steres; baggio Husidic; Sebastian Lletget (Raul Mendiola, 74′); Jeff Larentowicz; Emmanuel Boateng (Rafael Garcia, 87′); Alan Gordon (C) (Mike Magee, 78′); Giovani dos Santos
Substitutes Not Used: Dan Kennedy; A.J. DeLaGarza; Rafael Garcia; Ariel Lassiter; David Romney
Next up for RSL
Real Salt Lake travels to Providence Park on Saturday September 10th to take on the Portland Timbers.