Sporting Kansas City's #RivalryWeek matched definitely fanned the flames of the fire on Saturday night, as the team lost 3-1 to Real Salt Lake. Salt Lake brought their typical game to Children's Mercy Park, and it was clear that they had Sporting KC's number.
Sporting KC held Real Salt Lake to no shots in the first 30 minutes of the match, but that was broken in the 32nd minute with a goal from Juan Manuel Martinez. Martinez got on the end of a cross from Plata at the far post and buried it past Tim Melia. Matt Besler definitely messed up on this play - he was forward trying to cover Javier Morales, and gave the ball up for Plata to take.
Salt Lake went ahead by two just before halftime, with a goal orchestrated by former Kansas City forward Yura Movsisyan, who deflected a ball off the back of Brad Davis to put Real Salt Lake up by two.
Sporting Kansas City equalized quickly after the half, in the 49th minute. Jimmy Medranda played especially well all match, but the highlight of his game was a brilliant ball through to Dom Dwyer, who put it past Rimando to get Sporting KC on the board.
However, Dwyer's goal wasn't enough - Real Salt Lake put the nail in the coffin when Movsisyan notched his second of the night. Benny Feilhaber gave the ball away to Kyle Beckerman at midfield, and Beckerman passed to Movsisyan, who beat both Coehlo and Melia to notch his second goal of the night.
Sporting Kansas City had a couple of notable missed chances - first, in the 28th minute, when Zusi got ahead of the Real Salt Lake defense. Instead of immediately taking the shot, his first touch caused the ball to go over the end line and out for a goal kick. In the 64th minute, Davis sent in a curling ball toward the far post that forced a diving save from Rimando.
The match was peppered with the typical scuffles and frustration that is so common to matches between these two teams, but one thing was clear - even with the substitution of Jacob Peterson in the 76th minute, there was no magic answer tonight.