RSL knew Saturday’s game at Sporting Park would be a donnybrook, for you had two teams that were bitter rivals, and didn’t like each other as evidenced by the tweets players sent the week leading up to the rematch.
But when all seemed lost for RSL and it had learned two key players -- goalkeeper Nick Rimando and defender Tony Beltran -- were unable to go due to knocks suffered in the U.S. draw vs. Mexico, other players stepped up and filled in admirably.
Real Salt Lake was able to weather the storm, so to speak -- and the sprinklers that Sporting Park groundskeepers turned on just before the game and at halftime to make life more difficult for RSL’s possession-based attack.
All of it mattered not as the claret-and-cobalt squad got a much-deserved 0-0 draw versus the team it lost to at MLS Cup. It wasn’t the prettiest of results -- and the RSL attack did next to nothing all game.
But just like the MLS Cup, neither team gave the other any slack -- and it was a rematch for the ages.
Here is how Real Salt Lake avenged its MLS Cup loss to Sporting KC.