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RSL eliminated from Open Cup

Kansas City came back from a goal down to win and advance.

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The semifinal started slow for Real Salt Lake with the visitors trying to keep things calm for the first 20 minutes of the match. There were some pretty decent chances for both teams with the best chance early being Sebastian Jaime's. He had a pretty clear chance against Tim Melia but the angle was tight and Melia saved it with his legs. RSL was finding space over the top though and Tony Beltran found Olmes Garcia who had the first goal of the game. Within about 10 minutes Sporting KC answered off of a free kick and a header from Mustivar. RSL held their own the rest of the half and the teams went to the locker rooms tied at 1.

The fireworks started early on in the second half with two quick opportunities for Kansas City. Dom Dwyer took a shot from the run of play that Rimando used his quick reflexes to snatch up. On the second chance Rimando was chipped but Beltran got to the line just in time to clear the ball. In the 60th minute Benny Feilhaber was took a free kick after a Jaime foul at the top of the box but Rimando came up with another diving save. Two minutes later Kevin Ellis and Dom Dwyer connected in the run of play and Nick Rimando came up big yet again from close range. Kansas City continued getting chances and in the 71st Nemeth had a good look from just a few yards out of goal but Elias Vasquez took it off his back to deny the goal. The dam broke with about 10 minutes left in regulation when Dom Dwyer beat Elias Vasquez to hit the ball off the post and Benny Feilhaber was there to tap in the rebound. A few minutes later on a breakaway Nemeth capitalized on a misplayed header by Aaron Maund and sealed the game 3-1.