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I've been a fan of Real Salt Lake since it joined MLS and took to the field in 2005, and I've been a fan of MLS since it began in 1996. Lately however I've started to worry about the path MLS is taking and the poor decisions they are making that in my mind threaten the growth of soccer as a whole in the US. (see "Columbus conspiracy" section) Soccer in America will grow only when we have a vibrant and diverse minor league system, something that MLS seems to be smothering at the moment. (see "American soccer wars" section) Let's keep our eyes on the situation and hope for the best, a future where grass-roots soccer and the minor leagues can not only exist but flourish, as well as where the contributions and history of the league's early clubs are appreciated and preserved.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Champions League: How Real Salt Lake Can Advance

(by Matt Gaschk realsaltlake.com 3-1-16)

Real Salt Lake has a mountain to climb on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal series against Tigres.  After falling behind 2-0 in the first leg last week in Monterrey, Mexico, RSL now needs a win by at least three goals to ensure advancement in the aggregate-goals series.

The following are the different scenarios for how the second leg at Rio Tinto Stadium could play out.
If RSL loses or draws by any score, Tigres will advance to the Semifinals.

If RSL wins by one goal, Tigres will advance.

If RSL wins 2-0, the match will go to a 30-minute extra time period with two 15-minute halves.  In that event, the away goals rule is disregarded for goals scored in the extra time.  The team that leads after 30 minutes will advance.  If the match is still tied after 30 minutes, it will go to a best-of-five penalty kick shootout.  If it is still tied after five shooters, the penalty kicks will continue until one team scores and the other does not.

If RSL wins by two goals with any other score (3-1, 4-2, etc.), Tigres will advance because it will hold the first tie-breaker with an advantage on away goals.

If RSL wins by three goals with any score (3-0, 4-1, etc.) the Claret-and-Cobalt will move on to the Semifinal round for the second time in club history, facing the winner of the D.C. United-Queretaro series.

Kickoff for Wednesday’s match is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT, with live television coverage on Fox Sports 2 and local radio coverage on ESPN 700.



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