Austin FC opened the scoreline up while also opening up RSL’s defense, with players caught to and fro as Cecilo Dominguez scored in the 17th minute, capitalizing on a shot parried away by RSL goalkeeper David Ochoa.
The second half opened much as the first half progressed: RSL looked generally flat, giving up the majority of chances and looking defensively unstable.
It was in that way that Real Salt Lake conceded their second goal of the night in the 55th minute — coming, no less, from a throw-in in the attacking half. A very nice lob over the top for Austin’s Diego Fagundez sent him one-on-two with Justen Glad and Erik Holt, and a simple pass for Dominguez gave Austin a 2-0 lead.
Damir Kreilach clawed one back for Real Salt Lake in the 64th minute, finishing a brilliant moment from Jonathan Menendez from the wing and Rubio Rubin from just inside the box. Kreilach took the pass on with a silky touch, then finished neatly past Brad Stuver at his far post.
Through five minutes of stoppage time, Austin FC maintained the better set of chances, with RSL providing one or two of their own — but the