Real Salt Lake dropped a 2-0 result to league leaders LAFC in a wild match that saw a penalty reversal, two red cards, and another penalty. Goals were scored by MVP favorite Carlos Vela and Adama Diomande.
RSL thought they were in for some trouble early on when referee Baldomero Toledo blew the whistle for a hand ball on Aaron Herrera and subsequently issued him a red card. After conferring with the VAR, luckily he called off the penalty kick and pulled the red card back and play resumed.
While both teams enjoyed shots on goal, RSL dominated possession in the first half with 53%, although LAFC outshot the home side 10-4 overall.
Early in the second half, Walker Zimmerman was shown a second yellow for a foul which resulted in his sending off, boding well for the home side.
In the 61st minute, Toledo whistled for a foul inside the penalty area which resulted in a straight red card for Aaron Herrera, as Vela drew the foul and immediately followed with a successful penalty kick to put the visitors up 1-0. This would put the teams back on a level playing field at 10v10 while taking the lead in the second half.
LAFC doubled their lead in the 82nd minute thanks to a strike from Adama Diomande off a great ball from Lee Nguyen that found its way to the far post past Nick Rimando.
Despite RSL’s best efforts, the game ended 2-0 in favor of the visitors, who go on to win their fourth straight game and their 18th win of the season. RSL remains in fourth place in the west as they gear up to host rivals Colorado Rapids next week.