Real Salt Lake 2, Colorado Rapids 0 | 2019 MLS Match Recap
That gave the home side a spark, and the eventual game-winner came in the 96th minute via Joao Plata. The Ecuadorian winger created a penalty kick, then deposited from the spot just underneath a sprawling Tim Howard.
The scoreline was a tad misleading for the night overall, as Colorado controlled large portions of the match. That was most evident in the 27th minute, as RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando pulled off a stunning double-save that somehow kept the ball from crossing the line. Rimando finished with five saves, while RSL didn’t attempt a shot on target until the 65th minute.
In another twist on a wild evening, RSL thought their game-winner had arrived in the 91st minute via Damir Kreilach. However, Video Review judged that Savarino was offside before crossing to the back post, where the Croatian finished.
- THE BIG PICTURE: Colorado dropped both games in the Rocky Mountain Cup this year by a combined 5-2 scoreline, and this loss makes it three games without a win for Conor Casey’s bunch. They’re surely heading home frustrated, because this one went from a hard-earned point to chaos in the blink of an eye. Meanwhile, RSL are now 5-1-2 in their last eight games and keep on making moves in the Western Conference playoff race. It wasn’t pretty, but they don’t all have to be.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: The Kei Kamara red card was the ignition switch this game needed, but the highlight-reel moment was Nick Rimando’s double-save. Even at 40 and in his final MLS season, Rimando keeps on pulling off the spectacular.
- MAN OF THE MATCH. Joao Plata gets the nod here for the game-winner, which marked his first goal in a year. His last strike came on Aug. 25, 2018 against, you guessed it, Colorado. He’s made headlines in 2019 for transfer rumors, but now makes one for his on-field performance.