Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – Real Salt Lake began and ended their 2022 Lamar Hunt Open Cup run tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium with against the Northern Colorado Hailstorm. It was second half stunner from a Hailstorm defender Robert Cornwall. The home club dominated in possession and number of shots but when the opportunities for goal were available it looked like they beat themselves with the extra pass almost every time.
The match stayed scoreless all the way until the 70th minute, when Northern Colorado struck for a shock opener. It was a highlight-reel strike that saw Cornwall get under the ball from just outside the area and unleash an unstoppable first-time volley.
RSL’s frantic push for an equalizer down the stretch resulted in a flurry of chances, as the MLS side ended the match out-shooting their League One counterpart 15-5. But none of them were converted and Northern Colorado held on to score the huge upset in just the club’s fourth-ever match.
Not much more to say about tonight’s match. RSL had plenty of chances, plenty of possession, plenty shots but just couldn’t find a way to get the ball in the net
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 0 0
Northern Colorado Hailstorm 0 1 1
NCO – Robert Cornwall – 70′
NCO – Denso Ulysse – 25′ – unsporting behavior
NCO – Norei Nortey – 50′ – unsporting behavior
NCO – Robert Cornwall – 58′ – time wasting
RSL – Bobby Pierre – 69′ – unsporting behavior
NCO – Danny Robles – 90’+1′ – time wasting
NCO – Brecc Evans – X’ – unsporting behavior
NCO – Thomas Olsen – 90’+9′ – unsporting behavior
Referee: Brad Jensen
Assistant Referee: Kali Smith
Assistant Referee: Karsten Gillwald
4th Official: Jordan Downs
Real Salt Lake: David Ochoa; Nick Besler; Rubio Rubin; Justen Glad (Jaziel Orozco, 62′); Pierre Reedy (Maikel Chang, 74′); Bobby Pierre (Pablo Ruiz, 74′); Tate Schmitt; Everton Luiz (Scott Caldwell, 63′); Jasper Loffelsend (Sergio Cordova, 62′); Bode Davis; Chris Garcia
Substitutes Not Used: Tomas Gomez; Andrew Brody
Northern CO Hailstorm: Thomas Olsen; Brecc Evans; Robert Cornwall; Leo Folla; Nortei Nortey; Denso Ulysse; Stefan Lukic (Destan Norman, 77′); Arthur Rogers (Danny Robles, 90′); Daniel Scally; Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Jerry Dusdunes, 56′); Lachlan McLean
Substitutes Not Used: Trevor Amann; Owen Damm; Marky Hernandez; Shane McFaul
Next up for RSL
Real Salt Lake returns to MLS action when they travel to Providence Park to take on Western Conference rival the Portland Timbers on Saturday April 23rd.