A good portion of the first 20-some-odd minutes were spent finding some sort of rhythm in the match with little to no success and a lot sloppy possession from both clubs. RSL's first good chance came in the 28th minute with a perfectly weighted ball from Sebastian Saucedo for a streaking Luis Gil who put the ball on frame but Santa Tecla's keeper, Juan Trinidad. Santa Tecla spent a lot of time getting air and rolling around off of normal physical MLS style play, but there were few highlights for much of the first half. Luke Mulholland had a great look in the 40th minute but got too much under it and sent it high. Abdoulie Mansally picked up a yellow card in the 43rd minute for a challenge on the ball that the referee deemed dangerous leading to a free kick for Santa Tecla's Gerson Mayen that Jeff Attinella took good care of. Justen Glad then picked up a yellow in the 45th minute that Tecla took advantage of and made a header but was waived off due to a correct offside call. No one was able to score a goal that counted in the first 45.
Around six or seven minutes into the second half in El Salvador, Luis Gil found Olmes Garcia who beat his defender briefly to have a good scoring chance but hesitated and ended up flubbing the chance on what could have and probably should have been a goal. In the 71st minute Jeff Cassar felt it was time for a couple of substitutions with Javier Morales and Joao Plata coming on. Within 7 minutes, John Stertzer picked two yellow cards, the second of which was completely unnecessary and was sent off the field leaving Real Salt Lake with 10 men. Kyle Beckerman came on for defensive reinforcement and RSL had a surprising amount of possession in the last 10 or so minutes. Vasquez had a great shot from near the top of the box in the 90th minute and nearly scored a late goal for Salt Lake, but RSL would have to settle for a road point.