Sporting Kansas City started the game on the back foot, letting a shorthanded Real Salt Lake team dominate possession early. While Sporting KC was missing Matt Besler due to a concussion and Roger Espinoza for a red card, the visitors were missing nearly half their roster.
With a number of non-regular starters, Salt Lake looked hungrier, creating more shots and more quality opportunities. The first goal did not come from the run of play though. A foul a few yards outside the box was called on Soni Mustivar. On the restart Joao Plata played it across the box and with Sporting KC players pulling out to create and offside, Justin Glad found ball and the back of the net in the 29th minute.
While Sporting KC started to get more chances and dominate possession more, Salt Lake absorbed the pressure and went to the half with the lead.
Coming out of the locker room it was expected that the home side would continue to pressure but again the shorthanded visitors found a way to gain control early. But a 79th minute goal by Luke Mulholland was created when SKC failed to successfully clear the ball.
A stoppage time penalty was taken by Benny Feilhaber to narrow the lead