If you were to ask a Real Salt Lake fan what the best moment of the second leg of the 2011 Western Conference semifinal was, 9.5 times of ten, they'd answer with Tony Beltran's headed clearance.
With Nick Rimando out of position after punching the ball to the edge of the box, Tony Beltran took a step back, and with Jeff Parke sending in a volley, smashed the ball well over the crossbar.
The clearance, which came late in the first half, kept the score 0-0 — 3-0 on aggregate — and could well have been the key to RSL moving forward 3-2 on aggregate.
After Nick Rimando's fantastic performance on Friday, another masterful defensive show wouldn't come entirely as a surprise as Real Salt Lake attempt to move forward to the Western Conference final, and one step closer to the MLS Cup final.
With the match being television on NBC Sports in a late move, all eyes are on Rimando, Beltran and the rest of the Real Salt Lake defense.