Real Salt Lake to face LA Galaxy in Western Conference Semifinals

First leg set for Sunday in LA; RSL to host second leg, date TBD

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake learned on Sunday that it will face LA Galaxy in the Western Conference Semifinals.

The second-seeded Claret-and-Cobalt will take on the third-seeded Galaxy in the first leg of the West Semis at 7:00 p.m. MT on Sunday at StubHub Center. Sunday’s match will be broadcast live on ESPN. RSL will host LA at Rio Tinto Stadium in the series’ decisive second leg. The date, start time and broadcast information for the second leg have yet to be determined.  

Tickets to the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinal are now on sale to current and 2014 RSL PRIDE Season Ticket Holders. Tickets to the second leg will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. MT on Monday. Fans can purchase tickets at the Rio Tinto Stadium box office, over the phone at 801-727-2700 and online at www.RealSaltLake.com/Tickets.  

Real Salt Lake was 1-2-0 against LA in the 2013 regular season. LA took the first match between the sides, scoring two early goals to beat RSL 2-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium on April 27. The Claret-and-Cobalt took a measure of revenge in the second meeting, downing the Galaxy 3-1 in Utah on June 8. RSL fell victim to a hat trick from Galaxy FW Robbie Keane in the final meeting between the sides to lose 4-2 at LA on Aug. 17.

This series will mark the third playoff meeting between Real Salt Lake and LA. RSL and LA have split their previous two playoff matchups, with the Claret-and-Cobalt beating the Galaxy in penalties to take home MLS Cup 2009 before LA downed an injury-plagued RSL side 3-1 in the 2011 Western Conference Final.

The first-seeded Portland Timbers will take on the winner of Wednesday’s Western Conference Knockout Game between Seattle Sounders FC and Colorado Rapids in the other Western Conference Semifinal. The winner of the RSL-LA series will take on the winner of that series in the two-legged Western Conference Final, which will be played later this month.