Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Jeff Attinella, Lovel Palmer, Nat Borchers, Aaron Maund, Chris Wingert, Yordany Alvarez (79' - Khari Stephenson), Ned Grabavoy, Luis Gil, Javier Morales (C), Joao Plata (68' - Abdoulie Mansally), Robbie Findley (69' - Olmes Garcia)
Substitutions Not Used: Lalo Fernandez, Enzo Martinez, Sebastian Velasquez, Devon Sandoval
Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Jimmy Nielsen (C), Chance Meyers, Aurelien Collin, Ike Opara, Seth Sinovic, Graham Zusi, Oriol Rosell, Peterson Joseph (63' - Lawrence Olum), Kei Kamara, Claudio Bieler, Soony Saad (79' - Benny Feilhaber)
Substitutions Not Used: Eric Kronberg, Mechack Jerome, Teal Bunbury, Dom Dwyer, C.J. Sapong
SANDY, Utah – 10-man Real Salt Lake (11-6-4, 37 points, West #1) lost a heartbreaker to Sporting Kansas City (10-5-6, 36 points, East #1) on Saturday night, giving up two goals – including one in the 97th minute – after going down a man midway through the second half to fall 2-1 in front of a sold-out crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The loss snapped the Claret-and-Cobalt’s 11-game unbeaten streak over all competitions. Despite the defeat, Real Salt Lake remains in first-place in the Supporters’ Shield standings, one point ahead of second-place SKC.
RSL took the lead in the 56th minute, going ahead through FW Robbie Findley. The Claret-and-Cobalt went down a man in the 66th, when referee Matthew Foerster controversially showed RSL DF Chris Wingert a second yellow card, ejecting him from the match. SKC took advantage immediately, getting a goal from FW Soony Saad on the ensuing free kick before DF Ike Opara scored the winner in the 97th.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis
On the result:
“I think this is just a situation where we’ve got to keep focused and move on from decisions that are tough, getting fouled a lot. We need to maintain our focus in the game.”
On Chris Wingert’s red card:
“I just watched the replay and I wanted to come in with facts not opinions of what I saw or what I think I saw - I needed to watch it again. It’s a poor decision, an extremely poor decision against us. He [Wingert] barely touches the player, and he [Soony Saad] falls down. Now we’re picking up a second yellow card when there were multiple players on their team and weren’t picking up yellow cards for the same exact actions - pulling shirts, stopping counter attacks in the first half. The level of consistency was the lowest I’ve seen from a referee in MLS. And again, I don’t want to belabor the point about the referee being poor. He is going to be poor. It’s his 14th match of his entire career. The referee in a sold out stadium, in a first place versus second place matchup - it’s the wrong game for him to make his 14th MLS game.”