RSL surrenders two goal lead against set-piece happy San Jose; draws 3-3

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake surrendered a two-goal lead at San Jose, with a last-minute goal from Victor Bernardez sealing a draw for the home side.

Chris Wondolowski scored the opener for San Jose inside ten minutes with — you guessed it — a set-piece goal. This became (rather, remained) a theme for San Jose.

Kyle Beckerman drew it up in the 11th minute with a screamer from distance, beating Jon Busch from well outside the area.

Real Salt Lake took the lead in the 32nd minute with several moments of brilliance from Joao Plata strung together, and his probably-intentional whiff on the ball inside the area followed by a pinpoint finish for the goal was breathtaking. Luis Gil's pass into the area, as well as Plata's run down the left to receive a long ball from Kyle Beckerman will win deserved plaudits.

The first half ended on a positive note, with Luke Mulholland scoring during his first start for the club — a just goal if there ever was one, after his called-back goal last week — after pouncing on a rebound from a Ned Grabavoy shot.

The second half turned ugly: In the 75th minute, Victor Bernardez scored a headed goal from a corner; from there on, it became a matter of attempting to preserve three points through defensive effort.

The 95th minute — the fifth minute of five minutes of stoppage time — saw Bernardez score again, sealing a point for San Jose.

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