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CONCACAF Champions League Final: Defending The First 89' is Not Enough

Posted on April 21, 2011
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Video courtesy of mocksession.com.

LOL WUT? Soccer on the Adjustment? More importantly, MLS Soccer? YOU BET YOUR SWEET SWEET ASS!

The MLS representative for the CONCACAF Champions League, Real Salt Lake traveled tonight to face the Monterrey Rayados in the Estadio Tecnológico. (Despite the implication in the stadium's name, there were no moving platform walls and GlaDOS was not the stadium announcer.)

Both teams played an exciting shot-filled first half to a 1:1 intermission. In the second half, Monterrey improved their on-ball defense and RLS started playing quite anxiously. Monterrey continued to dominate possession until Striker Humberto Suazo scored on a penalty kick in the 63rd minute. With around fifteen minutes left in regulation time and Monterrey taking shot after shot, Real Salt Lake finally started putting together some counter-attacks.

Real's efforts were rewarded in the 89th minute when Javier Morales scored the goal seen in the above video. If you're a soccer n00b like I am, let me point out the brilliance of Morales' effort. The first touch was fantastic considering the pace and angle of the pass he received. He used a deft shot fake to open up space. Monterrey's keeper, Jonathan Orozco, was frozen on his goal line due to the positioning of RSL's Fabian Espindola. With the far post open, Morales' actual shot was hit with the right speed to prevent the keeper from getting a hand on it.

With two away goals, Real Salt Lake can win the CONCACAF Champions League with a win in their home stadium next Friday, or a 0-0 or 1-1 tie. (Fellow soccer n00bs: Away goals is the primary tiebreaker in most home-and-away tournament matches.) RSL will need to improve their possession statistics and overcome the loss of midfielder Kyle Beckerman, who will be sitting out the game due to concecutive games with yellow cards. With the two away-goals cushion, this tie score is a real win for Real.

(Yes, I'm considering naming a future soccer team that my sons play for "Fake City Name", with "Fake" pronounced "Faaa-Kay". Because I'm weird.)

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