Sorry, Alvaro Saborio, but your spectacular performance just wasn't enough.
Real Salt Lake suffered another heartbreaking loss in stoppage time on Saturday. This time, it was the New York Red Bulls who delivered the crushing blow in a 4-3 loss.
After a dream finish from Saborio—easily the MLS Goal of the Week—RSL entered the 88th minute with a 3-2 lead.
Then, it all came crashing down.
A foul by Aaron Maund forced referee Silviu Petrescu to point to the spot...for a questionable third time. Fabian Espindola would bury his second penalty of the match to equalize the affair at 3-3. A persistent Red Bulls attack paid off in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
It was Dax McCarty who made the free run into the area. The 26-year-old midfielder used every bit of his slender frame to finish the run and deliver a diving header past goalkeeper Jeff Attinella.
The fans at Red Bull Arena erupted with a fervent roar.
According to Dave Martinez, even McCarty admits he's never heard the stadium that loud before.
When dissecting the replay, you can see Thierry Henry, Peguy Luyindula and Marius Obekop all perfectly marked by their defender. McCarty, not so much. The zonal approach Ned Grabavoy and Khari Stephenson seemingly opted for backfired.
Five yards of space—in the middle of a frantic and desperate push—is enough to punish you each time.
Remember that, Real Salt Lake.