RSL advances to U.S. Open Cup fifth round with 2-1 win over S2

June 17th, 2015 | by Shawn Blymiller
(Photo: Real Salt Lake via

(Photo: Real Salt Lake via

Real Salt Lake advanced to the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 2-1 comeback win over the USL’s Seattle Sounders 2.

After trailing 1-0 at halftime, Joao Plata and Javier Morales scored second half goals to complete the comeback.

Javier Morales’ game-winner came in the 71st minute from an indirect kick from the six-yard box. Joao Plata laid the ball off the Morales to find the opening to the far post on a low slotted shot.


(Photo: U.S. Soccer)

The Sounders took the lead in the closing moments of the first half off of a goal from Sam Garza assisted by Giuliano Frano. As soon as the ball was set for RSL to take the ensuing kickoff, the halftime whistle sounded with S2 having the better of the chances in the opening half. Real Salt Lake had the majority of possession but Sounders 2 looked dangerous on the break as Andy Craven was a menace to defend.

Sam Garza got the goal for Sounders 2 in the 49th minute from an assist from Giuliano Frano from a long throw in. Frano spotted Garza streaking through the midfield to the top of the penalty box taking his first touch past two RSL defenders, then calmly chipping goalkeeper Jeff Attinella to the back post.

The second half was a whole new team for Real Salt Lake. RSL had their entire team on the field five minutes before the scheduled start of second half, and they looked ready to fix what needed to be fixed. What was the difference between the first and second half?

“We just played with urgency and passion,” Real Salt Lake head coach Jeff Cassar said. “Just wasn’t there the first half. Credit goes to the players for coming out in the second half and somebody stepping up. You have opportunities and you have to cease them. The second half was a lot better than the first.”

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Shawn Blymiller

Shawn Blymiller

I was a guest host on a weekly podcast called "The Jockularity Show" in preparation of the World Cup. It was there that Rick Aaron from Channel 4 News coined me a "Soccer Geek". I played 2 seasons in the Premier Developmental League, 1 year with BYU and 1 year with the Ogden Outlaws. I also played soccer in college and was named to the All-conference teams. Soccer is my passion, it is in my makeup and in my DNA. I am staying involved with the beautiful game as much as I possibly can. I have done the play by play and the color commentating for games in the PDL, and the Western Athletic Conference for UVU. Follow my posts about RSL, RSL Women, Real Monarchs, UVU Soccer, BYU Soccer, and just about everything else in the footballing world. #COYG Arsenal!
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