The game-tying goal came from the head of Nicolai Müller, who wriggled free at the far post on a stoppage-time corner kick.
Andrew Brody hammered home the game’s opener in the 10th minute, picking up a low cross from Joao Plata. The pass in to Plata was spectacular, too, on its own — center back Taylor Peay sent in an outstanding cross-field diagonal pass that Plata cushioned brilliantly on the left wing.
Throughout, Eintracht Frankfurt threatened — but never too badly, with RSL goalkeeper Andrew Putna never being conscripted into any spectacular saves.
Joao Plata crafted out a golden opportunity as stoppage time started, beating no fewer than four players with pace, laying the ball off for Jose Hernandez, then receiving it back at the top of the box, before he fired it well high of the goal with an unspectacular shot.
Adam Henley looked to sustain an injury around the 64th minute after a collision in the attack; he subsequently came off the field after a short layoff, exiting the field under his own weight with a significant limp.
RSL’s starting lineup featured returns to action for several players who have, for one reason or another, been out of contention. Shawn Barry and Taylor Peay, both defensive prospects who have been injured for huge swathes of the season, started. Also included from the outset were Adam Henley, for whom minutes have been sparing this season, started at right back, and Jose Hernandez, who has featured largely for Real Monarchs.
The only regularly featuring players starting for RSL were Luis Silva and Joao Plata, though both have been largely bench players.
- RSL 1-0 Eintracht; Joao Plata, 10’
- RSL - Pablo Ruiz, yellow card, 36’
- EIN - Marijan Cavar, yellow card, 82’
Real Salt Lake lineup
Henley (64’ Williams), Barry (31’ Gallagher), Peay, Herrera
Brody (71’ Moberg), Silva (84’ Baird), Plata
Bench: Leeker, Moberg, Gallagher, Williams, Glad, Acosta, Lennon, Saucedo, Baird
Eintracht Frankfurt lineup
Willems, Beyreuther, Russ, Da Costa
Kamada, de Souza, Gacinovic, Besuschkow
Chandler, Knothe, Falette, Tawatha
Torro, Cavar, Stendera, Müller, Blum