Drafting sports USA, Oct. 20 – Venezuelan international striker Jefferson Savarino became the great hero of Real Salt Lake by scoring in the 87th minute the goal (2-1) that gave his team the victory against the Timbers of Portland in the first round match of the Eastern Conference of the Professional Football League (MLS) of the United States.
The victory allows Real Salt Lake to return to the semifinals of the Western Conference, where they will have as rival the Seattle Sounders, who in the afternoon had won, in the extension, 4-3, to FC Dallas, and will have field advantage , having been second in the classification at the end of the regular season.
The match, as expected, was matched. Both teams had good opportunities to open the scoring in the first 10 minutes, but the archers, veteran Nick Rimando, for Real Salt Lake, and Clark for the Timbers, prevented it.
However, in the 28th minute, Croatian striker Damir Kreilach surpassed the Timbers defense after a Corey Baird center and set the 1-0 with a header.
The marker was no longer moved before the break. In the second half, the Portland team, under the direction of Venezuelan coach Giovanni Savarese, came out with more offensive attitude and immediately saw the result.
The 47th minute was fulfilled when the Argentine striker Sebastián Blanco launched a corner kick from the right back and placed the ball in the center of the Real Salt Lake area, where the Colombian Dairón Asprilla emerged with power that overcame the defenders for Perfect finish off the tie goal.
Everything seemed destined that the party was going to extra time, as had happened in two of the three games previously played. But the figure of Savarino emerged and changed the history of the game with the golden goal that led to Real Salt Lake in the semifinals.