Why Was Borchers’ Goal Called Back on Tuesday?

MLS fans had to love the way Real Salt Lake came out of the blocks in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against Saprissa on Tuesday night.

With the second leg set for the imposing “Monster’s Cave” next month, RSL knew a win at home was mandatory—and they played like it, right from the kickoff.

Only six minutes in, they found the back of the net on a great cross-and-finish by Fabian Espindola and Nat Borchers. But for some reason that still hasn’t been explained, the goal was waved off.

Borchers was not offside on the play, and he didn’t shove off the defender to win the header. If anything, the defender had a high boot near Borchers’ head.

It was a clean goal—as you can see below—yet it was disallowed. This might have thrown some teams off their game, but RSL didn’t even blink: They scored just three minutes later and went on to win 2-0.

Highlights here:

Great goals by RSL, especially Saborio’s opener. He got it off his feet so quickly with defenders crashing on either side. Goal-scorer’s goal.

The second leg is in San Jose on April 5.


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