Within the first fifteen minutes, RSL had a couple of great looks testimg New England’s keeper early. Unfortunately for the home team and especially Kyle Beckerman who had a great chance from close range, the keeper passed the tests. New England grabbed the momentum for the next fifteen and RSL held steady to not concede in that chunk of the game. RSL turned the tide again and came up with a few more good chances to score but were unable to put the finishing touch on it and headed to the locker room tied at zero.
Around the 50th minute Real had a bit of luck on their side when Kei Kamara had already started celebrating afree he got the ball in the net but the ref blew his whistle after some deliberation and called it back for an apparent foul. Just after the sixtieth, Yura Movsisyan tried a back foot flick in after Demar Phillips came up with a ball speeding for the endline but it went just wide and RSL’s chances just kept coming and vanishing. Starting around the seventieth, you could feel the tension mounting and all of a sudden Salt Lake were under the gun. They didn't break with every defender on the back line chipping in to prevent a very tough situation. The rest of the match was a back and forth affair with a deflated audience and one last opportunity that Olmes Garcia sent over the crossbar. The match ended 0-0.