Real Salt Lake continued their giant-slaying run with another upset, this time stunning Sporting Kansas City 2-1 at the death to reach the Western Conference final in the MLS Cup play-offs.
After eliminating Seattle Sounders on penalties in the opening round, RSL were at it again on Sunday as they produced a second-half comeback to end Sporting KC’s season in dramatic fashion.
Sporting KC appeared on track thanks to Johnny Russell’s 24th-minute penalty before the seventh-seeded RSL – who were making their 10th Conference semi-final appearance, only Seattle have managed more (12) since 2008 – made their move.
After almost falling 2-0 behind when Gadi Kinda’s free-kick was headed off the post, RSL substitute Anderson Julio equalised 18 minutes from the end.
BOBBY FREAKING WOOD ARE YOU JOKING pic.twitter.com/y4EXhJ9rrZ
— Real Salt Lake (@realsaltlake) November 28, 2021
Bobby Wood completed the comeback in the first minute of stoppage time, finishing past Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia.
RSL will next face Portland Timbers for a spot in the MLS Cup decider.
Elsewhere, Nashville missed all four of their penalties as Philadelphia Union prevailed 2-0 in the shoot-out to book a spot in the Eastern Conference final for the first time in the club’s history.
— x – PhilaUnion (@PhilaUnion) November 29, 2021
Penalties were needed after Hany Mukhtar’s opener was cancelled out by Union star Daniel Gazdag in Philadelphia.
But it was a painful shoot-out for Nashville, who were unable to find the back of the net as Andre Blake made two saves to help the Union through.
Next up for the Union is a date against either New England Revolution or New York City.
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