Battery falls to Real Salt Lake 5-2
Sandy, UT. The Charleston Battery saw a two goal lead slip as they lost 5-2 to Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. Dane Kelly and Nicki Paterson scored first half goals as the Battery jumped out to a two goal lead but RSL fought back to take the game into extra-time.
RSL scored three unanswered goals in extra time to jump past Charleston into the quarterfinal round.
Dane Kelly opened the scoring in the 16th minute tucking the ball past Salt Lake goalkeeper Josh Saunders after an excellent through-ball from defender John Wilson.
Salt Lake appeared shell-shocked to have gone behind and the Battery doubled its lead two minutes later after Quinton Griffith smacked a shot off the post. The ball bounced into the path of Nicki Paterson who finished from close range with a right-foot volley.
Charleston held the lead until the 66th minute when Devon Sandoval headed RSL back into contention. Ten minutes later Salt Lake were level after substitute forward Joao Plata converted a penalty-kick after being brought down in the box.
The Battery withstood sustained pressure to take the game into extra-time but any thoughts of victory were swept aside as RSL scored three times in the first 15 minute period.
Sandoval headed the home side in front in the 97th minute and then Khari Stephenson added a fourth goal at the 87 minute mark. Javier Morales put the result beyond doubt in the 105th minute converting a penalty-kick.
RSL will host the Carolina RailHawks in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday, June 26.