It was a wild first half with plenty of fouls and a fast pace. San Jose is hard team to predict these days as some games they seem unmotivated while other games they seem to be quick and dangerous.
For the better part of the first half, they looked the latter. Real Salt Lake looked a bit disorganized if not sloppy over the course of the first half hour. It was epitomized by a poor pass by Kyle Beckerman, of all people, that led to a San Jose goal in 14th minute of play by Sam Cronin off of a simple pass from Chris Wondolowski.
Before long, RSL sharpened their play and their attack and had a couple of good scoring chances. A questionable penalty kick was awarded when Olmes Garcia was taken down in the box. Javier Morales converted the PK on one of his patented stutter step run-ups.
Not too long before the half closed out 1-1, Nick Rimando got his big paw on a ball that was destined for the back of the net and kept RSL even.
The second 45 was much less chaotic and Real Salt Lake had the momentum for the better portion of the half.
There were some nervy moments during the last 10 or 15 minutes of the game in which San Jose looked close to scoring but RSL's last second team defense came up big on more than a few occasions. Real got out of Buck Shaw Stadium with a point at a crucial point in the season.