Game #7: Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers FC (MLS)
Time/Location: 8 p.m. MT; Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 6 (2013; Finalists)
Real Salt Lake Overall Record: 7-5-0
Portland Timbers FC Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 9 (2013; Semifinalists)
Portland Timbers FC Overall Record: 15-10-1
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- Real Salt Lake found their spot in the Round of 16 thanks to second half goals from Joao Plata and Javier Morales to earn a 2-1 comeback win vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2 in Fourth Round action on June 17. Portland Timbers arrived in the Round of 16 as goals from Diego Valeri, Rodney Wallace and Maxi Urrutti pushed them past defending champions Seattle Sounders FC in a contentious 3-1 extra time victory on June 17.
- The match marks the second meeting between the two clubs in 2015 as the two sides opened the MLS campaign against each other with a 0-0 draw at Portland’s Providence Park on March 7.
- The game is a rematch of the 2013 U.S. Open Cup Semifinal in which Alvaro Saborio and Joao Plata scored to give Real Salt Lake a 2-1 victory at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
- Timbers FC center back Nat Borchers played for Real Salt Lake in that match.
- Real Salt Lake head coach Jeff Cassar was the backup to Mark Dodd in the Dallas Burn’s 1997 U.S. Open Cup winning campaign.
- Portland is 3-2-0 and Real Salt Lake is 1-3-0 all-time against MLS opposition in the U.S. Open Cup.
- With a 2-2 home draw Saturday vs. Columbus Crew SC, Real Salt Lake moved to 5-6-7 (22 points) on the season, putting them eighth in the MLS Western Conference. Meanwhile, Portland earned an emphatic 4-1 home win Sunday against Seattle Sounders FC, pushing them to a 7-6-4 record (25 points) and sixth place in the MLS Western Conference.
- The winner of the match will host the winner of the San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy match in the Quarterfinals.
- LEADING SCORERS: Real Salt Lake – Javier Morales, Alvaro Saborio – 3 goals (MLS), Javier Morales, Joao Plata – 1 goal (USOC); Portland Timbers – Fanendo Adi – 8 goals (MLS), Diego Valeri, Rodney Wallace, Maxi Urruti – 1 goal (USOC).
CAUTION WATCH: Real Salt Lake – John Stertzer (1 yellow card); Portland Timbers – Norberto Paparatto, Jack Jewsbury, Taylor Peay (1 yellow card).
Real Salt Lake (MLS) 2, Portland Timbers (MLS) 0 - (WEST)
Real Salt Lake advanced to the 2015 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals at the expense of the Portland Timbers after the Utah club received a pair of second-half goals from Argentine duo Sebastian Jamie and Javier Morales to send the crowd of 15,840 home happy. The match began as an end-to-end affair, and it was Portland that first put the ball in the back of the net, only to see one a slew of early efforts ruled out for offside. RSL weren’t without their chances either, but as the half wore on the pace wilted in arid conditions inside Rio Tinto Stadium.
The second half came to life 10 minutes in, when Olmes Garcia slipped a killer pass that split the Portland defense to lead Jamie into the box where the RSL striker buried a low drive in the far, right side netting. Nearly 20 minutes later, Javier Morales scored a PK – won by Joao Plata – with a hard drive to the low right that beat Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, who had guessed the right way. Real Salt Lake will host the LA Galaxy in the Quarterfinals of the West region of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup.
- 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Match Report -
Date: July 1, 2015
Match: Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers (MLS)
Competition: 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; Round of 16
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. MT
Weather: 97 degrees (sunny)
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
RSL 0 2 2
POR 0 0 0
RSL – Sebastian Jaime (Olmes Garcia) 54th minute
RSL – Javier Morales (penalty kick) 70
RSL: 24-Jeff Attinella; 2-Tony Beltran, 12-Elias Vasquez, 17-Demar Phillips, 21-Aaron Maund; 10-Luis Gil, 11-Javier Morales, 19-Luke Mulholland; 8-Joao Plata (27-John Stertzer, 83), 13-Olmes Garcia (29-Abdoulie Mansally, 74), 23-Sebastian Jaime (50-Sebastian Saucedo, 90)
Head coach: Jeff Cassar
POR: 12-Adam Kwarasey; 20-Taylor Peay, 7-Nat Borchers, 24-Liam Ridgewell, 19-Jorge Villafana; 11-Dairon Asprilla (8-Diego Valeri, 62), 13-Jack Jewsbury, 26-George Fochive (17-Michael Nanchoff, 74), 22-Rodney Wallace; 10-Gaston Fernandez, 37-Maximiliano Urruti (9-Fanendo Adi, 81)
Head coach: Caleb Porter
Stats Summary: RSL / POR
Shots: 14 / 8
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offside: 5 / 3
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Assistant Referee 1: Jeremy Hanson
Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Mendez
4th Official: Adam Barrin
Match Commissioner: Jeff Boscraaf