SANDY -- It took 120 minutes for Real Salt Lake to earn a victory that should have come 30 minutes earlier.
Despite giving up an 87th minute goal to the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks, RSL scored twice in the first overtime and held on for a 3-2 victory in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tuesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
"They don't quit," Real boss Jason Kreis said of Atlanta after the game. "They never say die. I've said it all along -- that is a good team. I think there was a little bit of complacency there (after the first goal). You can look at it two ways. We could look at it the negative way and say we shouldn't have gone to overtime or we can look at it in a positive way and say that was a good test for us."
Captain Kyle Beckerman started the scoring early when he headed home his fourth Open Cup goal in the third minute of action on a corner kick from midfielder Javier Morales for a quick 1-0 lead. Moments after the goal, heavy rain began to fall on the 9,644 fans that braved the weather.
The rain did not slow the pace of play for the home side as RSL continued to hammer away at Atlanta goalie Joe Nasco for the rest of the first half. Nasco was called on to stop point-blank shots from Robbie Findley and Morales. Morales had a chance to put the game away with his chip over Nasco, but he blew the chip and watched it sail left of the target with only an empty net to look at.
The second half produced much of the same as Real continued its dominance with timely possession and precision passing.
Defensively, Real only had a moment of weakness and that came with the game-tying goal. Late second-half substitute Kellen Gulley, on loan to Atlanta from the Chicago Fire, found his way to a ball that he lofted over the head of RSL goalie Josh Saunders. Saunders was able to touch it high, but couldn't keep it out of the back of the net, tying the match at 1-1.
In overtime, it was clear that Real was going for gusto. Their pace and persistence paid off in the 98th minute when Devin Sandoval slid in front of a pass from second-half substitute Joao Plata that he knocked past Nasco for a 2-1 lead.
Even with the goal, rules say that both teams had to play all 30 minutes of OT before the game was decided.
That allowed the home side to push for and get a second in the first OT. Substitute Khari Stevenson hammered a shot into the upper right corner of the net in the 101st minute for the 3-1 lead. That goal proved to be the difference as the Silverbacks added another goal to their tally in the 121st minute thanks to a shot from Pablo Cruz, but time ran out for the visitors.
With the win and a Charleston Battery 1-0 victory over San Jose earlier Tuesday night, the Claret and Cobalt earned the right to host the Battery on June 12 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Game time will be determined later.
* D.C. UNITED 4, RICHMOND 2 (so): At Richmond, Va., Joe Willis made two saves in the penalty kicks shootout, leading D.C. United past the Richmond Kickers 4-2 after a 0-0 draw Tuesday night in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.
D.C. United hosts fellow MLS club Philadelphia Union on June 12.
United finished the game with nine men when Chris Korb earned his second yellow card and Carlos Ruiz was issued a straight red card in extra time.
* FC DALLAS 2, Fort LaudeRdale 0: At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., FC Dallas got second-half goals from Blas Perez and Matt Hedges to beat the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2-0 in the U.S. Open Cup's third round Tuesday night.
Perez scored in the 54th minute and Hedges in the 66th as the MLS team got its first Open Cup road victory since 2007.
Walker Zimmerman left with an injury in the 41st minute. Second-year center back Hedges came on and almost immediately was shown a yellow card.