It did not look like it was going to come, but finally Real Salk Lake broke through the Chivas USA rearguard in the 89th minute Saturday night to take a 1-0 lead in this Western Conference semifinal series
Real Salt Lake was the aggressor all night, holding a 21-3 shots advantage, but the team failed to capitalize until Yura Movsisyan finally delivered by directing in a cross from midfielder Javier Morales .
“(Yura) made things extremely difficult for (Chivas’) two center backs all night,” Real head coach Jason Kreis said. “It was good to see he was rewarded for all his hard work.”
It was the second time in as many games that Movsisyan has scored a season-altering goal for RSL in the 90th minute. In the final game of the regular season, the team’s leading scorer tallied a goal against the Colorado Rapids at the same point in the contest as RSL tied its Rocky Mountain rival and clinch the first playoff berth in franchise history.
“We seem to get it done,” Movsisyan said. “Great guys in the locker room. Everyone put the effort in.”
Saturday night’s late goal was equally as important.
“It was similar (only) in that we scored a late goal,” Kreis said. “The difference was this was one of our best games of all time.”
The return leg is next Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. - Buy Chivas vs RSL Tickets