It was a strange first half with plenty of stops and goes due to referees making odd calls and injuries. Kyle Beckerman got a very early yellow card in the first couple minutes of the game taking away a bit of his bite early on. The first 15 minutes of the game belonged to San Jose with RSL not being able to create much of anything. Soon thereafter Salt Lake started to create and push forward and had some fantastic passing that created chances out of nothing but were unable to secure a goal. Chris Wondolowski arguably got away with being roughly five feet offsides depending on an overly convoluted exception and put in the only goal of the half. Obviously, RSL fans and players felt hard done. Javier Morales was subbed off due to a head injury.
There wasn't too much creativity from Salt Lake in for the first 20 minutes of the second half and Innocent seemed to be milking an injury. Jamison Olave lost the ball at the top of the box but Nick Rimando came up with a save that kept Salt Lake alive. In the 71st minute Alvaro Saborio pressured Victor Bernardez and he flicked it perfectly over his own keeper to gift a goal to the home team. Six minutes of stoppage time wasn't enough to get another goal and a tie at home would have to do.