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RSL loses Rocky Mountain Cup, draws 2-2 with Colorado Rapids

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For the first time since 2006, Real Salt Lake lost the Rocky Mountain Cup after drawing 2-2 with Colorado Rapids in a rain-delayed match.

Ned Grabavoy scored the opening goal in the second minute of play, with Kyle Beckerman sending in a fine cross from the right flank. It was a simple, cool finish, but one that required a fantastic run.

Deshorn Brown equalized for Colorado in the ninth minute after beating the back line. A flicked-on goal kick saw Brown simply run between Nat Borchers and debutant Brandon McDonald before making a desperate lunge to the ball, and it somehow found its way past Nick Rimando.

It should be noted that Rimando had a fantastic game despite the conceded goals.

Real Salt Lake's second goal came early in the second half as well, and it was perhaps a bit fortunate it came when it did: With lightning in the area, a decision was made to suspend the match at the next dead ball (as per MLS rules), and that next dead ball happened to be a penalty call when Robbie Findley was taken down just inside the box. Saborio was forced to delay the penalty take until the match was resumed, but he finished with aplomb when it restarted.

Colorado equalized in the 70th minute when Jamie Castrillon beat the defense on a cross and headed home — that being the goal that handed Colorado Rapids the Rocky Mountain Cup.

Late substitutes Olmes Garcia and Joao Plata turned the look into more of a 4-3-3, but the defensive impetus was very much there, and for the first time in three games, Real Salt Lake didn't concede a late winner. That