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Real Salt Lake Makes Playoffs Thanks To Shocking Win By Houston

Oct 28, 2018, 6:56 PM | Updated: Oct 29, 2018, 9:20 am
FILE: Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach (6) pumps his fist as he celebrates a RSL goal durin...
FILE: Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach (6) pumps his fist as he celebrates a RSL goal during the New England Revolution versus Real Salt Lake at soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)
(Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Thanks to a shocking 3-2 upset victory by the Houston Dynamo over the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake is headed to the playoffs.

Head coach Mike Petke’s words earlier in the week proved to be the perfect preface to the unlikely result.

“Houston is capable of getting a result for sure … but obviously the favorite on this game is LA. But I’ve seen crazier things in this league in my 20 years,” Petke said to James Edward of the Deseret News on Thursday.

The scenario was simple, if the Galaxy lost or draw against Houston, RSL was in. If not, their season would come to an end.

Houston Gets The Comeback Win

The Galaxy held a 2-0 lead after the first half thanks to a pair of strikes by Ola Kamara. Fortunately for RSL, the Dynamo came alive in the second half starting with a goal by Romell Quioto. Later off a penalty kick, Mauro Manotas tied it up before scoring again in the 79th minute to take the lead. Houston held on to win and send RSL to the playoffs and LA packing.

LA star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was held scoreless after scoring in each of his last five matches.

Next Up

RSL will play in a knockout round game against the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, LAFC. The game will take place Nov. 1. at 8:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

 

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