How to Follow RSL @ Saprissa (CCL Semis - Leg 2)

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Kickoff for Semifinal Round’s Decisive
Second Leg in Costa Rica Set for 8:00 p.m. MT;

RSL Game Notes for Leg Two of CCL
Semifinal Series Now Available Online


How to
Follow Real Salt Lake at Deportivo Saprissa (CCL Semifinals – Leg 2)

For those of us that aren't lucky enough to have a ticket to tonight's sold out CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal second leg between Real Salt Lake and Costa Rican powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, use the guide below to get information on how to follow the proceedings from San Jose live ...


Can Claret-and-Cobalt Brave the "Monster's Cave" for CCL Semifinal Leg Two at Saprissa?

 Having settled in San Jose, Costa Rica,
after arriving on Sunday evening, Real Salt Lake is now just one day
away from settling the score with Deportivo Saprissa in their CONCACAF
Champions League Semifinal Round series
. The long-awaited second and
decisive leg
of the Semifinal showdown takes place tomorrow, Tuesday,
April 5
, at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose, with kickoff set
for 8:00 p.m. MT. Real Salt Lake will look to continue carrying the
mantle for Major League Soccer, as a series win will secure the Utah side the
league’s first-ever finalist slot in the Champions League format – and MLS’
first finalist position in a regional club championship since 2000, when the
L.A. Galaxy captured the CONCACAF Champions Cup crown.

RSL carries a 2-0
over the Costa Rican powers in the aggregate goals series
following a first
leg shutout in Sandy back on March 15
. The following are Real Salt
Lake’s advancement/elimination scenarios surrounding tomorrow’s potential
results at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa:

  • RSL victory: Real Salt Lake advances to Final (aggregate
    series win determined by RSL’s margin of victory)
  • Draw: Real Salt Lake advances to Final (RSL wins
    series by two-goal aggregate margin)
  • Saprissa wins by one goal: Real Salt Lake
    advances to Final (RSL wins series by one-goal aggregate margin)
  • Saprissa wins 2-0: The series would be tied at 2-2 on
    aggregate, thereby forcing a 30-minute “mini-game” played in its entirety to
    determine a winner. Should the mini-game end tied, advancement will be
    determined via kicks from the penalty spot (Best-of-5).
  • Saprissa wins by two goals, but RSL scores: Series tied on
    aggregate, but Real Salt Lake advances to Final via “away goals” tie-breaker
  • Saprissa wins by at least three goals: Saprissa advances to
    Final (aggregate series win determined by Saprissa’s margin of victory)


RSL Game Notes for Leg
Two of CCL Semis Now Available Online

is the link to the Adobe PDF file for the Real Salt Lake Game Notes in
advance of Tuesday’s decisive Leg Two of the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals at Costa Rican
powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa (RSL leads 2-0 on aggregate)
. If you
have any problems obtaining the document, would prefer to receive the document
as attachment, or are seeking more information on the match, please contact
John Koluder in the RSL Communications Department via email at

Salt Lake Game Notes – RSL @ Deportivo Saprissa (CCL Semis – Leg 2)


RSL “Game Note of the
Week” – RSL’s Second Leg Success on the Road …

For the third time in RSL’s seven-season history, it
travels away from home for the decisive road leg of a two-game series clinging
to a lead
… During
both the 2008 and 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs, RSL – as the lower-seeded team in the
competition – carried a 1-0 lead after 90 minutes …

2008, it was RSL’s Yura Movsisyan who gave the side a 1-0 lead with an 88th
minute goal over Chivas USA entering the road leg … After the series was
briefly tied, RSL saw Javier Morales and Dema Kovalenko each score, with
RSL winning the series 3-2 on aggregate after the 2-2 road draw … One year
later, en route to the team’s 2009 MLS Cup title, it was an 87th
minute Robbie Findley goal that allowed the Claret-and-Cobalt to enter the home
of defending MLS Cup champion Columbus with a 1-0 lead … After a pair of goals
by Guillermo Barros Schelotto erased the RSL advantage, it was Javier Morales,
Robbie Findley and Andy Williams who struck back for RSL to give Jason
Kreis’ team a 4-2 aggregate win …

will step up at Saprissa? … Morales – the MLS Player of the Week for Week 1
following his two-goal outing on March 26 in the team’s 4-1 win vs. Los Angeles
– seems to be establishing a pattern of stepping up big in the 2nd
leg … Will Álvaro Saborío score again vs. his former team, after scoring the
first-ever goal in Costa Rica’s new National Stadium in last week’s 2-2 draw
vs. China? / /