TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN –Real Salt Lake came to TCF Bank Stadium looking to build on the 2 game win streak they had setup after defeating the conference leading Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas however there just wasn’t enough time for the Claret and Cobalt to overcome the 3 goal deficit that they fell into early in the second half. Joao Plata came off the bench to come close with 2 goals but in the end it was the Loons 3 Real 2.
The first half showed a pretty tight RSL side, leading in shots, shots on target and possession with Damir Kreilach having to really good looks at the goal. At the break neither team had been able to score due partly to the tight lid on
goal by both Nick Rimando and Bobby Shuttleworth. The real highlight from the first half was when in the 21st minute Rasmus Shuller came in studs up on Danny Acosta and was only given a yellow card, no video review, no conversation with the 4th official.
The second half was a different story for RSL as they seemed to open a lot of space in their own backfield that Minnesota was able to capitalize on. First in the 51st minute with Ibson opening up scoring, and quickly followed on by Darwin Qiutero in the 62nd minute and Miguel Ibarra in the 68th minute. Coach Petke couldn’t contain himself after Ibson’s goal when he decided he had some things he needed to say to the 4th official and was summarily ejected from the match. Things did start to look up for RSL when Joao Plata replaced Corey Baird in the 66th minute and he was able to followup on his free kick from the top of the box with a shot that made it past Shuttleworth. The intensity never died for the rest of the match and Plata was able to notch the second goal for a brace in the 77th minute. In the end it just wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit and Minnesota took all 3 points tonight.
Damir Kreilach had some great chances tonight as he played from the center spot tonight where twice he has streaking toward the goal and just couldn’t connect with the pass to finish the play. There were a number of Croatian and Croatia fans in attendance that cheered on the Kreilach and his home country in tomorrows World Cup Final.
Real Salt Lake returns to the safety of Rio Tinto Stadium next Sunday, July 22nd for the second leg of the Rocky Mountain cup where they lead after defeating the Rapids on April 22nd.
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 2 2
Minnesota United FC 0 3 3
MIN – Ibson – 51′
MIN – Darwin Quintero – 62′
MIN – Miguel Ibarra – 68′
RSL – Joao Plata – 77′
RSL – Joao Plata – 85′
MIN – Rasmus Schuller – 21′ – unsporting behavior
RSL – Marcelo Silva – 34′ – unsporting behavior
MIN – Collen Warner – 47′ – unsporting behavior
Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referee: Matthew Nelson
Assistant Referee: Andrew Bigelow
4th Official: Fotis Bazakos
Video Assistant Referee: Katja Koroleva
Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Danilo Acosta; Marcelo Silva; Justen Glad; Brooks Lennon; Sunny (Pablo Ruiz, 85′); Albert Rusnak; Kyle Beckerman; Corey Baird (Joao Plata, 66′); Jefferson Savarino; Damir Kreilach (Luis Silva, 79′)
Substitutes Not Used: Sebastian Saucedo; Andrew Putna; Aaron Herrera; Nick Belser
Minnesota United FC: Bobby Shuttleworth; Michael Boxall; Brent Kallman; Fancisco Calvo; Ibson (Collen Marten, 72′); Rasmus Schuller (Maximiniano, 79′); Miguel Ibarra; Alexi Gomez; Collen Warner; Darwin Quintero; Christian Ramirez (Mason Toye, 86′)
Substitutes Not Used: Eric Miller; Frantz Pangop; Wyatt Ornsbert; Matthew Lampson;