REAL SALT LAKE CCL SEMIFINAL PREVIEW (LEG 2): RSL @ DEPORTIVO SAPRISSA (CRC) – TUESDAY, APRIL 5
Kickoff for Semifinal Round’s Decisive Second Leg in Costa Rica Set for 8:00 p.m. MT;
RSL Game Notes for Leg Two of CCL Semifinal Series Now Available Online
How to Follow Real Salt Lake at Deportivo Saprissa (CCL Semifinals – Leg 2)
For those of us that aren't lucky enough to have a ticket to tonight's sold out CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal second leg between Real Salt Lake and Costa Rican powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, use the guide below to get information on how to follow the proceedings from San Jose live ...
- TV: FOX Soccer (English; Comcast 267/401) and TeleFutura (Spanish; Comcast 619)
- Radio: ESPN 700 (English) (pre-game coverage live from San Jose begins at 7:00 p.m. MT) & Juan 106.1-FM (Spanish)
- Online: Streaming video on CONCACAF.com (free registration required), "Editors' Chat" on MLSsoccer.com (starts at 7:45 p.m. MT), Match Tracker at CONCACAF.com's Champions League page, and live updates via Official RSL Twitter Feed (@RealSaltLake)
- And, since we left his preview article out of the morning News Stand, here's a link to Ives Galarcep's live in-stadium commentary from Estadio Ricardo Saprissa on SoccerByIves.net.
- For more links to print, audio & video previews in advance of tonight's RSL-Saprissa Semifinal showdown, click here to read Tuesday's edition of the RSL News Stand.
Can Claret-and-Cobalt Brave the "Monster's Cave" for CCL Semifinal Leg Two at Saprissa?
Having settled in San Jose, Costa Rica, after arriving on Sunday evening, Real Salt Lake is now just one day away from settling the score with Deportivo Saprissa in their CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal Round series. The long-awaited second and decisive leg of the Semifinal showdown takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 5, at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose, with kickoff set for 8:00 p.m. MT. Real Salt Lake will look to continue carrying the mantle for Major League Soccer, as a series win will secure the Utah side the league’s first-ever finalist slot in the Champions League format – and MLS’ first finalist position in a regional club championship since 2000, when the L.A. Galaxy captured the CONCACAF Champions Cup crown.
RSL carries a 2-0 advantage over the Costa Rican powers in the aggregate goals series following a first leg shutout in Sandy back on March 15. The following are Real Salt Lake’s advancement/elimination scenarios surrounding tomorrow’s potential results at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa:
- RSL victory: Real Salt Lake advances to Final (aggregate series win determined by RSL’s margin of victory)
- Draw: Real Salt Lake advances to Final (RSL wins series by two-goal aggregate margin)
- Saprissa wins by one goal: Real Salt Lake advances to Final (RSL wins series by one-goal aggregate margin)
- Saprissa wins 2-0: The series would be tied at 2-2 on aggregate, thereby forcing a 30-minute “mini-game” played in its entirety to determine a winner. Should the mini-game end tied, advancement will be determined via kicks from the penalty spot (Best-of-5).
- Saprissa wins by two goals, but RSL scores: Series tied on aggregate, but Real Salt Lake advances to Final via “away goals” tie-breaker
- Saprissa wins by at least three goals: Saprissa advances to Final (aggregate series win determined by Saprissa’s margin of victory)
RSL Game Notes for Leg Two of CCL Semis Now Available Online
Following is the link to the Adobe PDF file for the Real Salt Lake Game Notes in advance of Tuesday’s decisive Leg Two of the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals at Costa Rican powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa (RSL leads 2-0 on aggregate). If you have any problems obtaining the document, would prefer to receive the document as attachment, or are seeking more information on the match, please contact John Koluder in the RSL Communications Department via email at jkoluder@RealSaltLake.com.
RSL “Game Note of the Week” – RSL’s Second Leg Success on the Road …
For the third time in RSL’s seven-season history, it travels away from home for the decisive road leg of a two-game series clinging to a lead … During both the 2008 and 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs, RSL – as the lower-seeded team in the competition – carried a 1-0 lead after 90 minutes …
In 2008, it was RSL’s Yura Movsisyan who gave the side a 1-0 lead with an 88th minute goal over Chivas USA entering the road leg … After the series was briefly tied, RSL saw Javier Morales and Dema Kovalenko each score, with RSL winning the series 3-2 on aggregate after the 2-2 road draw … One year later, en route to the team’s 2009 MLS Cup title, it was an 87th minute Robbie Findley goal that allowed the Claret-and-Cobalt to enter the home of defending MLS Cup champion Columbus with a 1-0 lead … After a pair of goals by Guillermo Barros Schelotto erased the RSL advantage, it was Javier Morales, Robbie Findley and Andy Williams who struck back for RSL to give Jason Kreis’ team a 4-2 aggregate win …
Who will step up at Saprissa? … Morales – the MLS Player of the Week for Week 1 following his two-goal outing on March 26 in the team’s 4-1 win vs. Los Angeles – seems to be establishing a pattern of stepping up big in the 2nd leg … Will Álvaro Saborío score again vs. his former team, after scoring the first-ever goal in Costa Rica’s new National Stadium in last week’s 2-2 draw vs. China?