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Real Salt Lake exit Playoffs in ugly fashion

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RSL seemed to lose all sharpness and was devoid of energy in the second leg versus L.A.

Stephen Dunn

The first half left much to be desired for Real Salt Lake fans.  The passes were not connecting with the intended targets and the defense lost its mark on more than a few occasions.

An experienced, talented Galaxy team does not waste its chances and Landon Donovan put in the first goal about ten minutes in with Tony Beltran looking on when it was too late.

About ten minutes later, it seemed like the whole Salt Lake club was more concerned about getting a favorable offsides call than defending and Robbie Keane put in the second goal. Real Salt Lake could not get anything going for the rest of the half and went into the tunnel with no shots.

The second half saw RSL take a few more chances going forward but they looked about as lethargic and sloppy as the first half. Donovan got his second goal not far in after getting around a few RSL defenders including Nick Rimando who made a decision to rush him. In the 63rd minute the RSL defense broke down again and Marcelo Sarvas took his turn at goal to make it 4-0.

Rather than RSL improving over the course of the game it seemed things just got worse and Landon Donovan capped it off with a hat trick towards the end of the game to seal the most humiliating playoff performance on Real Salt Lake history with the game coming to a close with a 5-0 score line.