Real Salt Lake will face Atlanta Silverbacks in the US Open Cup after the NASL side defeated NPSL neighbors Georgia Revolution 3-2 in Conyers, Atlanta today.
Georgia Revolution didn't go down without a fight, equalizing once to make the match 1-1 and edging back into contention after pulling a goal back to make it 3-2. Revolution created a surprising number of chances for an ostensibly fourth-division side, and at times, it seemed they might even equalize late.
Atlanta Silverbacks will travel to Rio Tinto Stadium for a May 28 match, where Real Salt Lake will be hoping to find success in the Cup. They notably fell 3-1 to NASL's Minnesota Stars last year after purchasing the rights to host the match.
It will be particularly important to win, as winning the US Open Cup would secure RSL a berth in CONCACAF Champions League play, one of the stated goals of the club.
RSL has won twice and lost twice against lower-league sides in Open Cup play.