Real Salt Lake came into this game looking the better team for the first 20 minutes with some good numbers in the attack. Shortly after, Javier Morales went down after he took a hit to the ankle and the ref gave RSL the advantage.
The Galaxy went ahead and took advantage of the numbers they had and Zardes was able to find a sliver of space and put one in off the post with a dummy ball provided by Landon Donovan.
Another chance came in the next minute or two with the ball crossing the face of the RSL goal and Zardes not being able to get his foot on it. Salt Lake had a few decent opportunities in throughoit the rest of the half but only had one shot on goal to show for it and the negative body language started to set in.
In the second half Rimando came up with a couple of big saves on Keane about 55 and 60 minutes in and RSL kept pushing with better chances than in the first half.
Pineda took away the best of those chances, one a Plata shot that looked destined to go in and the other a chaotic header off of a set piece. Kyle Beckerman had a couple of good looks but both went wide right.
At 85 minutes in, Wingert took a kick the the face in the box from Juninho, but there was no call made. A couple minutes later, Gargan came through studs up on Morales and again, no call.
In the dying minutes Rimando got called on a penalty in the box, but came up with a karma save and RSL came up short on the road in L.A.