Stoppage time goal saves Real Salt Lake

The Associated PressJuly 4, 2013 

Javier Morales scored on a penalty kick in the closing seconds of stoppage time to lift Real Salt Lake to a 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night in Sandy, Utah.

Luis Gil also had a goal as Salt Lake extended its unbeaten streak to 11 matches, including U.S. Open Cup play, while outscoring opponents 27-9.

Conor Casey had a goal and an assist, and former Seattle Sounder Sebastien Le Toux also scored for the Union, winless in six matches against Salt Lake.

Morales earned a penalty kick after Raymon Gaddis was called for a handball. Morales bounced the ball off the right post and sent it inside the left post to seal Salt Lake’s comeback.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead on Le Toux’s goal in the 13th minute. Casey pushed the ball down the right flank and sidestepped a sliding Carlos Salcedo near the end line to feed a cross into Le Toux in the goal mouth. Le Toux tapped the ball behind goalkeeper Josh Saunders as he dived forward for it.

Gil came off the bench and provided the breakthrough goal in the 75th minute, winning the ball on a corner kick from Morales and heading it home to tie the score.

Philadelphia regained the lead a minute later when Antoine Hoppenot stripped the ball away from Nat Borchers on the right flank. He drew Saunders off the line with a challenge threat and fed a pass to a wide open Casey at the top of the box. Casey blasted an uncontested shot down the middle to put the Union ahead 2-1.

At Fire 3, Earthquakes 2: Chris Rolfe scored in the 84th minute to lift Chicago past San Jose.

The winning score – Rolfe’s second goal of the season – came from about 8 yards out. It was set up by Mike Magee’s pass between two defenders. About 12 minutes earlier, an own goal by Chicago’s Loel Lindpere had tied the score.

Impact 3, at Toronto FC 3: Hassoun Camara and Marco Di Vaio scored one minute apart in the second half to lift Montreal to a draw with Toronto.

Whitecaps 1, at Sporting KC 1: Camilo Sanvezzo scored on a free kick just before halftime, and Vancouver snapped a three-match winning streak but extended its unbeaten stretch to four with the draw against Kansas City.

The Olympian is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service