RSL at LA Galaxy

Los Angeles
1- 0
Real Salt Lake
SUNDAY, NOV 3 7:00PM MST StubHub Center


Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert, Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran; Yordany Alvarez (Robbie Findley, 57'), Kyle Beckerman (C), Luis Gil, Javier Morales, Ned Grabavoy (Sebastian Velasquez, 61'); Alvaro Saborio (Devon Sandoval, 79')

Bench: Jeff Attinella, Abdoulie Mansally, Carlos Salcedo, Cole Grossman

LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Jaime Penedo; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Kofi Opare, Todd Dunivant; Robbie Rogers (Hector Jimenez, 61'), Juninho (A.J. DeLaGarza, 90’+1’), Marcelo Sarvas (Rafael Garcia, 83'), Gyasi Zardes; Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane (C)

Bench: Brian Rowe, Leonardo, A.J. DeLaGarza, Laurent Courtois, Jose Villarreal


CARSON, Calif. – Real Salt Lake dropped the first leg of its Western Conference Semifinal series with the LA Galaxy on Sunday night, conceding early in the second half to fall 1-0 to the defending MLS Cup champions in front of a sold-out StubHub Center.

DF Sean Franklin scored the game’s lone goal in the 47th minute, running onto a loose ball in the middle of RSL’s third and blasting a gorgeous first-time effort into the back of the net from 35 yards out.

RSL now must win the series’ decisive second leg on Thursday at Rio Tinto Stadium in order to have a shot at advancing to the Western Conference Final. If the teams are tied on aggregate at the end of regulation in Thursday’s second leg, there will be a pair of 15-minute extra time periods. If the teams remain tied following extra time, the series will be decided by a penalty kick shootout.

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Kreis Reaction

Rimando Reaction

Borchers Reaction

Quote Sheet

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis

On what impressed him about LA’s performance:

“I think they were good certainly in the 50/50 challenges but I don’t think that we made them defend enough, we weren’t good enough with the ball. We gave the ball away so cheaply, so many times in very dangerous spots and so even the goal comes from our giving the ball away in our defensive third of the field on just an easy pass that’s just missed. So we can talk all we want about how we have to be better defensively but for me, we wouldn’t have to defend as much if we were much better with the ball.”

On what the team needs to do differently to overcome the deficit:

“We just need to play better, that’s it. The passes are there, you can see that the options were there, we’re just missing simple passes so some of our most important players need to play better, and they will.”

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Match Stats

Goals and Assists

Club Time Player (Assisted by)
LA 48' Sean Franklin (Robbie Keane)


Club Time Player Reason Action
RSL 23' Kyle Beckerman Foul Yellow
LA 25' Juninho Foul Yellow
LA 84' Rafael Garcia Foul Yellow

Match Facts

LA Galaxy   Real Salt Lake
12 Attempts on Goal 11
2 Shots on Target 2
5 Shots off Target 6
5 Blocked Shots 3
10 Corner Kicks 2
11 Fouls 11
28 Open Play Crosses 8
1 Offsides 1
2 First Yellow Cards 1
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
46 Duels Won 54
46% Duels Won % 54%
450 Total Pass 485
76% Passing Accuracy % 78%
49.6% Possession 50.4%