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Colorado wins the second battle, RSL lose 1-0

RSL couldn't break down the Rapids in Colorado.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Colorado Rapids Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

RSL weathered a few storms in the first half that seemed to wear them down a bit. It was clear from the beginning that Jermaine Jones gives Colorado a threat that they did not have when they came to Salt Lake City. Real was dealing with a few to many chances but fortunately for the visitors did not concede. RSL had a couple chances of their own, one created by Juan Manuel Martinez and the other by Yura Movsisyan, but neither was destined for the back of the net and Colorado's defense proved difficult to break down.

The second half had a lot more action than the first with Yura Movsisyan working his way to a chance that didn't quite pan out and on the other end Jermaine Jones getting a goal in the 46th with nobody trailing him on his run. RSL made a couple of offensive-minded substitutions bringing on Joao Plata and Luke Mulholland and the half chances started coming but without players in the right spots, nothing was working out the way it was intended. The timing and sharpness just wasn't quite there for much of the match. RSL started to resort to tactical fouls and clearances when Colorado had their foot on Salt Lake's neck with their physical style of play. In the 85th RSL had what was likely their best chance of the game with Kyle Beckerman and Burrito both getting a look, but Beckerman's take was saved and Burrito's was just wide on a half volley. RSL was unable to score for the first time in 2016 and lost in Colorado, 1-0.