BY ADAM SERRANO
Real Salt Lake refuse to lose.
Alvaro Saborio fired a brace during stoppage time to keep RSL's dreams of the Supporters Shield alive with a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapids. By earning the draw, RSL took the lead for the Shield from the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Galaxy will now need a draw or a win against FC Dallas to win the Shield.
Colorado struck first taking a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by the Rapids strike tandem of Omar Cummings and Conor Casey. Cummings scoring off a cross in the 17th minute and Casey off a header delivered from a free in the 51st minute. RSL struggled throughout the match until only minutes before time and it seemed as though Colorado would win the Rocky Mountain Cup for the first time in three matches.
Saborio began the come back after a failed goal kick by Perkins bounced off a charging Saborio.The ball ricocheted off the cross bar and fell straight to the forward who smashed it in. He would score from the penalty spot again moments later after defender Jaimson Olave earned a penalty kick. RSL ends the season as the new holders of the record for fewest goals allowed in a season with 20, breaking the previous mark set by the 2007 Houston Dynamo with 23. In addition, Real Salt Lake will end the season with a 14 match unbeaten streak and maintains possession of the Rocky Mountain Cup.
The Rapids will begin the playoffs against the Columbus Crew on Saturday, October 30th. Real Salt Lake will await the result of the Galaxy match before determining its own playoff opponent. A Galaxy victory would send RSL to Texas to take on FC Dallas, but should the Galaxy lose, then RSL will open the playoffs against the Seattle Sounders.
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