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Game Recap: Colorado 2, Real Salt Lake 3

The first leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup goes to Real Salt Lake in an entertaining match.

John A. Babiak-- @photog_johnb

The Colorado Rapids came up just short in an entertaining 3-2 loss to their archrival from the wrong side of the Rockies, Real Salt Lake.

The Rapids surprised many with a 4-2-3-1 formation, leaving Kei Kamara alone up top. Jonathan Lewis started in midfield and Abubakar on the back line.

The Rapids did not see a lot of possession for the first 25 minutes, with the Rapids counting on long balls from the defensive half for Kamara to chase down.

In the 25th, Abubakar's foul brought about a PK, which was converted. 1-0 RSL.

Two minutes later (at most), RSL’s Corey Baird receives a ball through a porous infield, chipping it over Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard, maing it 2-0 RSL.

RSL for a few moments thought they would be playing the rest of the match with 10 men, as a foul by RSL’s Justen Glad looked enough to warrant the sending off (and enough to provoke a visceral reaction from the Rapids’ Kellyn Acosta). Alas, thanks to VAR, they rescinded red card, giving Glad a mere yellow.

Acosta scores in extra time in the first half after a nice run up the right side by Jonathan Lewis, bringing the Rapids closer at 2-1.

Danny Wilson scores minutes into the second half of a rebound from a corner. 2-2.

The joy lasted six minutes, as RSL’s Sam Johnson sneaks one by the Rapids keeper, giving RSL the lead once again, 3-2.

Kei Kamara had an opportunity to equalize, but send the ball down the middle, giving the RSL goalkeeper an easy time to save.

Late in the match, it looked as if the Rapids Keegan Rosenberry scored the equalizer. When that was denied, the referee went to VAR to see if a penalty would be awarded to the Rapids for an RSL handball in the box. That was denied as well.

Then Abubakar was thought to have scored very late for the Rapids but was ruled offside.

And so the Rapids fall to 0-2-9 and a goal behind in the Rocky Mountain Cup. If the Rapids can win by two in the final leg, they bring home some hardware.

What were your thoughts on the match?