D.C. United came into Rio Tinto Stadium looking to play very physical from the first whistle with three aggressive fouls on three minutes. In the 10th minute Yura Movsisyan had a good opportunity to score in the box but was taken down before he could get his shot off. The ref let the game go ahead but the replay showed what appeared to be a clear penalty. For much of the rest of the half RSL was playing tight defense mot giving D.C. much of a look. Salt Lake had chances that were close but were unable to find the back of the net. United was bending but not breaking and the half would end 0-0.
RSL got more chances to score in the beginning of the latter half and in the 57th minute Burrito Martinez got to show his quality once again dribbling theough a couple defenders and chipping Bill Hamid to put the home side up a goal. RSL was attacking from all angles and dominating the game but the score was not reflecting all the scoring chances that Real Salt Lake was getting. Olmes Garcia had a great chance to kill the game but made it easy for Hamid. A minute later D.C. took full advantage of a corner and leveled the game with nobody marking Jeffries. The game then ended 1-1.