If Real Salt Lake is going to become the first Major League Soccer team to reach a CONCACAF Champions League final, it will have to go through Estadio Saprissa to do so.
Deportivo Saprissa posted a 2-1 road victory against Honduran side CD Olimpia to win its quarterfinal series, 3-1, on aggregate. The victory sets up a Real Salt Lake-Saprissa semifinal, with the winner taking on the winner of the Monterrey-Cruz Azul Champions League semifinal.
Real Salt Lake will host the first leg of the semifinal series on March 15th at Rio Tinto Stadium, with Saprissa hosting the return leg at Estadio Saprissa on April 5th.
The match-up will offer up a homecoming for Real Salt Lake striker Alvaro Saborio, who began his career at Saprissa, where he established himself as one of the best forwards in the club's history.
RSL will need to play much better on the road than it has in the tournament, and in general for that matter, if it will hope to avoid a defeat at Saprissa, a stadium notorious for being an intimidating venue for visiting opponents.
If you're unfamiliar with Deportivo Saprissa, here are highlights of its victory against Olimpia:
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