Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert, Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran; Kyle Beckerman (C), Luis Gil, Sebastian Velasquez (Khari Stephenson, 94'), Javier Morales (Cole Grossman, 105'); Alvaro Saborio, Robbie Findley (Olmes Garcia, 76')
Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella, Abdoulie Mansally, Joao Plata, Devon Sandoval
LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Jamie Penedo; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Kofi Opare (Jose Villareal, 106'), Todd Dunivant; Robbie Rogers (A.J. DeLaGarza, 75'), Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas (Laurent Courtois, 111'), Gyasi Zardes; Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane (C)
Substitutes not used: Brian Rowe, Leonardo, Michael Stephens, Rafael Garcia
SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake on Thursday night booked its passage to the Western Conference Championship series, defeating the LA Galaxy 2-0 after extra time at Rio Tinto Stadium to move past the 2011 and 2012 MLS Cup Champions by a 2-1 aggregate score.
RSL MF Sebastian Velasquez opened the scoring in the 35th minute, notching his first career goal to tie the aggregate at 1-1. RSL came agonizingly close to finding a second goal on several occasions in regulation, hitting the crossbar in the 74th minute, banging a shot off the post in the 78th and seeing a goal disallowed in the 85th minute before the match went into extra time. Claret-and-Cobalt DF Chris Schuler finally broke the deadlock in the 102nd minute, finishing a MF Javier Morales set piece to send RSL through.
Real Salt Lake will begin the Western Conference Final this Sunday, hosting the Portland Timbers in the series’ first leg at 7:00 p.m. MT at Rio Tinto Stadium. Tickets to Sunday’s match will be on sale shortly at the Rio Tinto Stadium box office, online at www.RealSaltLake.com/Tickets or over the phone at 801-727-2700. Sunday’s match is not included in the 2013 RSL season ticket package.