Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Jeff Attinella; Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Brandon McDonald, Chris Wingert; Yordany Alvarez; Ned Grabavoy, Khari Stephenson (Luis Gil, 62'); Javier Morales (C); Joao Plata (Cole Grossman, 82'), Robbie Findley (Olmes Garcia, 75')
Bench: Lalo Fernandez (GK), Lovel Palmer, Abdoulie Mansally, Devon Sandoval
Portland Timbers (4-3-3): Donovan Ricketts (C); Alvas Powell, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Pa Modou Kah, Michael Harrington; Diego Chara, Diego Valeri (Ryan Miller, 88'), Ben Zemanski; Darlington Nagbe (Kalif Alhassan, 78'), Ryan Johnson (Jose Valencia, 63'), Rodney Wallace
Bench: Milos Kocic (GK), Rauwshan McKenzie, Sal Zizzo, Steven Evans
PORTLAND – Real Salt Lake (12-8-6, 42 points, West #1) picked up an important road point on Wednesday night, overcoming a second half red card and getting a 93rd minute goal from MF Cole Grossman to tie the Portland Timbers (9-3-12, 39 points, West #3) 3-3 at JELD-WEN Field.
RSL – which was playing without Captain Kyle Beckerman (yellow card accumulation), GK Nick Rimando (stomach virus) and leading-scorer Alvaro Saborio (calf strain) – fell behind early, going down 1-0 in the 24thminute when Portland FW Rodney Wallace put the Timbers on top. The Claret-and-Cobalt fought back with goals from DF Nat Borchers in the 38th and MF Javier Morales in the 43rd to take a 2-1 lead into the half. RSL couldn’t hold its advantage, however, conceding the equalizer in the 57th, losing MF Yordany Alvarez to a straight red card in the 78th and falling behind 3-2 in the 86th. The Utah side looked dead in the water, but Grossman’s late equalizer salvaged a point and kept the Claret-and-Cobalt atop the MLS and Western Conference tables heading into the weekend.
Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis
The feeling on being down a man and down a goal in second-half stoppage time:
"I'm feeling a little bit sorry for the guys, I really was. I thought that they deserved more than what they were going to be getting. Had we walked out of here with a loss, I think the guys would have worked harder than that and deserved more. So, I'm really, really pleased that we scored that late goal and have them hold on to maintain the draw."
On the final result:
"I think it's a very dangerous team we were playing there. I think that with that kind of crowd and that kind of momentum, they can get behind them. It's extremely difficult and I have a ton of respect for our opponent. I think when you enter this time of the season, you're always thinking that you want to go places for wins, but if you walk out of places with a draw at this time in the season, that has to be success."