The first whistle of the year blew at Rio Tinto Stadium and the match started off with plenty of energy. Philadelphia took advantage of RSL's formation early and had a couple good chances that could have gone in if not for some impressive saves from Nick Rimando.
Salt Lake started to click and a free kick just outside the box was awarded. Javier Morales pulled off a difficult task and put a bullet in the top right corner. The shakiness in the back persisted and over the next eight minutes Aristeguieta put two goals in to give the Union a 2-1 lead heading into the locker room. Faulty errors proved costly for RSL.
RSL came out from the half with a determined look and before long earned another set piece that led to a goal from Jamison Olave (via an Olmes Garcia rebound), with Javier Morales on the assist.
Apparently the defensive miscues were not cleaned up and Jamison Olave deflected a long ball past Nick Rimando to give Philadelphia the lead again. In the late part of the game Luke Mulholland earned a PK and Alvaro Saborio put it in the net with force. The game ended 3-3 at home for Salt Lake.