Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Josh Saunders, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Carlos Salcedo, Chris Wingert, Kyle Beckerman (C), Khari Stephenson (78' - Olmes Garcia), Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales (78' - Yordany Alvarez), Robbie Findley (64' - Joao Plata), Alvaro Saborio
Subs not used: Nick Rimando, Lovel Palmer, Devon Sandoval, Sebastian Velasquez
Carolina Railhawks (4-4-2): Akira Fitzgerald, Kupono Low (C), Austen King, Kevin Rutkiewicz, Jordan Graye, Eddie Ababio (62' - Cesar Elizondo), Nick Millington, Jonathan Greenfield (80' - Austin da Luz), Justin Willis (62' - Brian Shriver), Ciaran O'Brien, Brian Ackley
Subs not used: Tim Murray, Floyd Franks, Paul Hamilton, Zack Schilawski,
SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake advanced to the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals on Wednesday night, defeating the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks 3-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium to move past the tournament’s Quarterfinal stage for the first time in club history.
Real Salt Lake will host the Portland Timbers in the Open Cup Semifinals on Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. MT at Rio Tinto Stadium. The match will be the first time that former RSL MF and current Timbers Captain Will Johnson will meet the Claret-and-Cobalt since he was traded by the Utah side to Portland this offseason. It will also be the first of three meetings between RSL and Portland in the month of August.
DF Tony Beltran, DF Chris Wingert and FW Alvaro Saborio scored for RSL, which has now won six-straight games across all competitions.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis
On the performances of Tony Beltran and Chris Wingert:
“I’m very pleased that both of them were able to score. I thought a lot of the game comes down to our outside backs when the other team sits back as deep as they do. It’s about making the right decision at the right time, forcing the [opposing] players in front of them to make decisions, finding the right passes, and getting strikes on goal. I’m pleased with both of those guys.”
On what a berth in the Semifinals of the Open Cup means to him:
“I’m pleased, but it means nothing to me, really, to be in the Semifinal. It’ll mean something to me to win the whole thing. We’re another step closer – I’m pleased with that. I’m pleased with the performance overall, and tonight I thought we responded well after a pretty sluggish start. I’m happy that we’re moving on.