Real Salt Lake opened group play in the CONCACAF Champions League last night with an away game against Costa Rican side Herediano.
It did not go according to coach Jason Kreis‘s plan.
After giving up a 14th-minute goal to Elias Aguilar, the visitors missed several chances of their own, had one center back sent off in the 58th minute, and lost their other center back to injury just two minutes later.
Did Nat Borchers’ red card (at the 1:16 mark of the clip) look deserved to you? His studs were down, he didn’t come over the ball, and he appeared to make only glancing contact. A straight red for that was a bit harsh, we’d say
Down a man, and with a makeshift backline for the final half hour, RSL could not rally and must now make up the points in their remaining three group-stage games.
They return to CCL action on August 21, when they host Panamanian club Tauro.