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Real Salt Lake ties 2-2 with rival Colorado

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SANDY — Actual Salt Lake was compelled to accept a 2-2 draw towards rival Colorado Rapids Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium after a objective within the 89th minute from Lalas Abubakar.

“It appears like a loss,” midfielder Justin Meram stated after the match. “This consequence sucks. We really feel it, all people feels it, the followers really feel it.”

Anderson Julio was injured simply 12 minutes into his first begin of the season and had to get replaced by Meram, who got here off the bench for the primary time this yr.

The change moved Jefferson Savarino from his ordinary winger place to a ahead up prime with Sergio Cordova, which turned out to offer an offensive spark for the squad.

“Placing him able to be harmful — I feel it is good,” head coach Pablo Mastroeni stated. “Clearly, he is comfy on the best, however I feel this place for him may very well be one.”

RSL had a pair of probabilities within the twenty second and twenty fourth minutes when Jasper Loffelsend despatched a rocket towards objective that was saved, after which Meram acquired on the top of a rebound after a nook kick and headed it towards objective just for the try and be cleared off the road. Meram pleaded to the ref for a handball, however to no avail.

Pablo Ruiz had the Claret and Cobalt’s subsequent probability within the thirtieth minute when he despatched in a banger from outdoors the field that got here inside inches of the crossbar. With excessive temperatures Saturday in Salt Lake, each groups took a compulsory water break after the thirtieth minute.

Issues began getting chippy between the rival groups towards the top of the primary half when Zac MacMath felt his RSL teammate was fouled and acquired a yellow card within the thirty eighth minute for retaliating towards the Colorado participant.

Max had the Rapids’ greatest probability to that time within the forty sixth minute when the ball was crossed in entrance of the RSL objective then handed again to him at point-blank vary within the field. Fortunately for the RSL defenders caught sleeping, Max’s shot went huge left.

Meram then acquired an equally tantalizing probability for RSL in first-half stoppage time when he fired a roller from the sting of the field that very practically discovered the higher 90.

Seconds later, Savarino acquired the ball in an analogous place, juked a defender and despatched a floor shot throughout objective and into the far publish, simply out of attain of Colorado keeper William Yarbrough.

RSL took a shocking 1-0 lead into halftime with the last-minute Savarino shot, regardless of trailing Colorado 1.3-0.4 on anticipated targets after 45 minutes.

It did not take lengthy for RSL so as to add to its lead within the second half, as Savarino’s attacking run led to a Pablo Ruiz free kick within the 51st minute, and Meram headed dwelling the rebound off the save to place the house crew up 2-0.

Colorado was awarded a penalty kick within the 66th minute after a Marcelo Silva foul within the field and Diego Rubio slotted it dwelling to carry the Rapids with one objective 2-1.

Star teen Diego Luna got here on for RSL within the eighty fifth minute as the house crew seemed to have a deal with on three factors. Colorado had completely different concepts, nonetheless, as Abubakar hit an acrobatic end within the field to tie the sport within the 89th minute and ship every crew dwelling with only a level.

“It is your greatest rivals and also you wish to get a consequence and also you’re up 2-0,” Mastroeni stated. “There isn’t any purpose why you do not come away with three factors after the efficiency we put ahead.”

Followers positioned a lot of the blame on the officers, shouting “ref you suck!” on the finish of the sport, to which Mastroeni stated: “You heard the followers because the refs have been making their exit.”

Regardless of the frustration coming from the rivalry and officiating, Mastroeni and Meram have been each already waiting for the crew’s subsequent probability to carry out.

“One constructive is we do not have to attend until Saturday or Sunday to play,” Meram stated. “We acquired Wednesday, so it’s going to be good to go to Atlanta.”

RSL hits the highway for its first Wednesday match of the yr subsequent week, taking over Atlanta United FC on July 13 at 5:30 p.m. MDT.

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Caleb Turner covers Actual Salt Lake because the crew’s beat author for KSL.com, along with his function the place he oversees the sports activities crew’s social media accounts.

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