Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Nick Rimando, Chris Wingert, Nat Borchers, Carlos Salcedo (Devon Sandoval, 81’), Tony Beltran, Kyle Beckerman, Ned Grabavoy, Sebastian Velasquez (Khari Stephenson, 69’), Javier Morales, Joao Plata (Olmes Garcia, 57’), Alvaro Saborio
Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella, Chris Schuler, Yordany Alvarez, Cole Grossman
D.C. United (4-4-2): Bill Hamid, James Riley, Dejan Jakovic, Ethan White, Chris Korb, Perry Kitchen, Lewis Neal, Chris Pontius (Conor Doyle, 87’), John Thorrington, Nick DeLeon, Dwayne de Rosario (Luis Silva, 75’)
Substitutes not used: Joe WIllis, Dennis Iapichino, Kyle Porter, Daniel Woolard, Jared Jeffrey
SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake lost the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Tuesday night, giving up a goal late in the first half to fall 1-0 to D.C. United at Rio Tinto Stadium.
D.C. MF Lewis Neal scored the game’s only goal in the 45th minute, picking up a loose ball in the left side of the box and slamming his first-time effort inside the far post from 10 yards out on the left side. RSL controlled the run of play, but couldn’t turn its possession into a goal, hitting the woodwork twice to drop the club’s first Open Cup Final.
Real Salt Lake looked good in the early minutes, putting D.C. on the back foot with some solid attacking movements. The Claret-and-Cobalt had its first real look at goal in the 27th minute. FW Joao Plata collected a MF Sebastian Velasquez ball in the right side of the area, turning and firing an effort just wide of the top-right-corner.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis
On the mood in the locker room after the loss:
“I don’t really know the mood of the players. I haven’t spoken to them yet. I haven’t been back to the locker room because I stayed out there to watch the third team celebrate a trophy on our field. If I had to guess, I would say they’re as disappointed and gutted as I am.”
On what it was like staying on the field after the game:
“I think that it’s good actually, it’s important you pay your respects to your opponent who came in here obviously and gave everything they had. They were willing to throw their bodies on the line to get a win and walk away from this season with something. Full respect to D.C. United for their efforts in getting themselves to the final. Full respect to them for winning in our stadium.”
On hitting the crossbar and creating more chances making the loss worse:
“Yeah, yeah it does. It’s something I can’t really put my finger on. We can get so close, we can have so much momentum through the majority of the season and we get to a game like this and we can’t seem to put things together and we can’t get over that last hurdle. You scratch your head; we did everything necessary to the point where we should have goal scoring chances. It seemed like every single time it wasn’t going to happen. I can’t put my finger on it. I think it comes down to this is a brutal game sometimes. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ve ever stood here on the other side of the argument. I don’t think I’ve ever stood here and said that my team got completely outplayed, out shot, out possessed, out-everythinged, but we walk away with a trophy. I don’t know that I ever will be. I don’t know that I’ll be willing to sacrifice that for that.”