Twice during the 2021 season Sporting Kansas City played Real Salt Lake. Twice Sporting KC lost, once at Rio Tinto in May, and a heartbreaking, controversial loss at Children’s Mercy Park on Decision Day that cost SKC first place in the Western Conference.
Unfortunately, things didn’t get much better today for SKC.
Salt Lake entered the match riding high after beating the Seattle Sounders on the road. RSL had much of the possession throughout the first 20 or so minutes of the game, though there weren’t many true threats. Sporting KC seemed content to sit back and pick their spots to start the match, a strategy that seemed to pay off in the 24th minute.