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Late-game collapses cost Real Salt Lake dearly
by Paul Kennedy, April 27th, 2014 11:12PM

TAGS:  mls, real salt lake


[MLS SPOTLIGHT] It's getting to be a broken record. For the third time this season, Real Salt Lake blew a lead in the 90th minute or later when Uruguayan Sebastian Fernandez scored from 30 yards Saturday night to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a 2-2 tie. RSL remains unbeaten after eight games, but its 3-0-5 record leaves it in only third place in the Western Conference. But for three blown leads, it would be running away with the lead.

If RSL had held on to its three leads -- twice it blew two-goal leads in the 75th minute or later -- it would have 20 points after games and lead Seattle and FC Dallas (their records also adjusted for late-game results) by five points.

Twelve MLS matches have been decided in the 90th minute or later. New England took the lead in our late-game standings when it scored in stoppage time -- twice -- to beat Sporting Kansas City. The Revs won at San Jose, 2-1, earlier in the season on Lee Nguyen's goals in the 93rd minute.

The Columbus Crew is the only other team to twice earn points in the 90th-plus minute, winning at Seattle, 2-1, and tying D.C, United, 1-1.

Saturday's loss to New England marked the fourth time in seven games Sporting KC has been involved in a match decided in the 90th minute or later -- and the third time it conceded the tying or losing goal.

Our late-game standings takes into account points won or lost in the 90th minute or later.

Late-Game Point System:
+2 Scored winning goal in 90th+ minute
+1 Scored tying goal in 90th+ minute
-1 Conceded losing goal in 90th+ minute
-2 Conceded tying goal in 90th+ minute

Late-Game Standings:
+/1 Team (games decided in 90th+ min.)
+4 New England (2 games)
+3 Columbus (2 games)
+1 Seattle (2 games)
+1 FC Dallas (1 game)
+1 New York (1 game)
+1 Portland (1 game)
+1 Vancouver (1 game)
0 San Jose (2 games)
-1 Philadelphia (2 games)
-1 Colorado (1 game)
-2 Sporting KC (4 games)
-2 D.C. United (1 game)
-2 Chivas USA (1 game)
-6 Real Salt Lake (3 games)
0 Chicago (0 games)
0 Houston (0 games)
0 LA Galaxy (0 games)
0 Montreal (0 games)
0 Toronto FC (0 games)

Week 8:
Saturday, April 26
Real Salt Lake 2 Vancouver 2.
RSL: Joao Plata (Luke Mulholland, Chris Wingert) 2
RSL: Alvaro Saborio (Ned Grabavoy) 9
VAN: Nicolas Mezquida 86
VAN: Sebastian Fernandez (Steven Beitashour) 90+4
Att.: 19,661.

New England 2 Sporting KC 0.
NE: Teal Bunbury (Darrius Barnes, Diego Fagundez) 90+2
NE: Lee Nguyen 90+5
Red Card: SKC -- Aurelien Collin 74.
Att.: 14,806.

Week 7:
Saturday, April 19
Columbus 1 D.C. United 1.
DC: Fabian Espindola (Nick DeLeon) 31
CLB: Hector Jimenez (Wil Trapp) 90
Red Card: CLB -- Bernardo Anor 81.
Att.: 11,437.

Philadelphia 2 Real Salt Lake 2.
RSL: Luke Mulholland 6
PHI: Andrew Wenger (Vincent Nogueira) 55
RSL: Kyle Beckerman (Javier Morales) 85
PHI: Maurice Edu (Cristian Maidana) 90
Att.: 18,015.

Week 4:
Sunday, March 30
New York 1 Chivas USA 1.
CHV: Erick Torres pen. 25
NY: Peguy Luyindula (Eric Alexander) 90+5
Att.: 15,225.

Saturday, March 29
Seattle 1 Columbus 2.
SEA: Kenny Cooper (Obafemi Martins) 22.
CLB: Federico Higuain pen. 60
CLB: Justin Meram (Federico Higuain) 90+4
Red Card: SEA -- Djimi Traore 58.
Att.: 38,469.

San Jose 1 New England 2.
NE: own goal 35.
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 69
NE: Lee Nguyen (Scott Caldwell) 90+3
Att.: 10,525.

Colorado 2 Sporting KC 3.
SKC: Graham Zusi (Sal Zizzo, Paulo Nagamura) 50
COL: Vicente Sanchez pen. 60
COL: Vicente Sanchez pen. 78
SKC: Benny Feilhaber (Sal Zizzo, Graham Zusi) 79
SKC: Dom Dwyer (Graham Zusi) 90+2
Red Card: COL -- Marvell Wynne 85.
Att.: 12,203.

Week 2:
Saturday, March 15
San Jose 3 Real Salt Lake 3.

SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Victor Bernardez, Shea Salinas) 6
RSL: Kyle Beckerman (Joao Plata) 11
RSL: Joao Plata (Luis Gil) 32
RSL: Luke Mulholland 45+4
SJ: Victor Bernardez (Shea Salinas) 75
SJ: Victor Bernardez 90+5
Att.: 10,525.

Sporting KC 1 FC Dallas 1.
SKC: Aurelien Collin (Benny Feilhaber) 81
DAL: Matt Hedges (Michel) 90
Att.: 19,431.

Week 1:
Saturday, March 8
Portland 1 Philadelphia 1.

PHI: Jack McInerney (Maurice Edu, Cristian Maidana) 64
POR: Gaston Fernandez 90+4
Att.: 20,674.

Saturday, March 8
Seattle 1 Sporting KC 0.

SEA: Chad Barrett (Clint Dempsey) 90+4
Att.: 39,240.

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