Blog: RSL Downed by LA at The Depot
One of the MLS Cup 2009 rematch between Real Salt Lake and the LA
Galaxy certainly lived up to its billing as the Game of the Week, but
unfortunately for your Claret-and-Cobalt the red-hot Edson Buddle
couldn’t be slowed down, as his brace fueled the SoCal side to a 2-1
win at The Home Deport Center.
Buddle put the home side up with a header off a Landon Donovan
corner just 12 minutes in, but RSL captain Kyle Beckerman would make
sure things were even heading into the half, as his strike from nearly
30 yards out off a rebounded corner sneaked through traffic and bounced
past Donovan Ricketts to even the match at 1-1 in the 40th.
Despite playing its third match in eight days, Real Salt Lake would
find the better of its chances in the second 45, most notably when
substitute Robbie Findley banged the left post with a rocket from the
top of the area in the 65th minute, just minutes after he entered the
match in place of Fabian Espindola. Both sides would continue to get
their chances through the end, but it was only Buddle that would finish, his half-volley from 18 out slamming into the left side of goal
to put LA out in front once again, this time for good.
Click below for the MLSsoccer.com recap of the match and some highlights from the marquee matchup of Week 4.