The Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake met for the first time in 2016 and it was a match that was decided on some great defending by RSL and an absolute howler by Zac MacMath that gifted RSL the win. The 1-0 loss to RSL bring the Rapids to 2-2-1 (7 points) on the year.
The first half was largely an uninspiring 45 minutes of football as both teams made it difficult for any offense to get going. RSL had 2 shots on goal but neither seemed to be much of a threat for MacMath, but the best chances came from the Rapids. Shkelzen Gashi had a tremendous shot on goal that was saved off the line by Aaron Maund. It truly was a shot destined for the back corner, but somehow Maund got a head on it. The second great Rapids chance came moments later as Luis Solignac had a one on one that he smacked right at the on rushing Nick Rimando. After a minute of stoppage time the first half whistle blew with the score tied at 0.
I have no words for the second half. Except that was the worst howler I have seen in a very, very long time.
MacMath a shoe in for Sportcenter’s Not Top Ten tonight. #rapids96— Stout St Bulldogs (@BulldogSG) April 10, 2016
61st Min: BOOKING--Yellow Card to Colorado Rapids defender Bobby Burling (Unsporting Behavior)
72nd Min: GOAL--Joao Plata scores for Real Salt Lake
83rd Min: BOOKING--Yellow Card to Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan
90th (+2): BOOKING--Yellow Card to Colorado Rapids defender Eric Miller
The Rapids Starting XI:
Zac MacMath, Marc Burch, Axel Sjoberg, Bobby Burling, Eric Miller, Sam Cronin, Micheal Azira, Shkelzen Gashi, Dillon Powers (79', Dominique Badji), Marco Pappa, Luis Solignac
The RSL Starting XI:
Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Justen Glad, Aaron Maund, Chris Wingert (73', Demar Phillips), Sunny (84', John Stertzer), Luke Mulholland (64', Javier Morales), Kyle Beckerman, Juan Martinez, Yura Movsisyan, Joao Plata