By IVES GALARCEP
Real Salt Lake’s mission to erase the bad memories of last year’s early U.S. Open Cup exit continued on its successful trajectory on Wednesday night, with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Carolina Railhawks.
RSL fullbacks Tony Beltran and Chris Wingert scored goals, while Alvaro Saborio added a second-half strike to book the team’s place in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.
Up next, Real Salt Lake will face the red-hot Portland Timbers, who are riding an 18-match unbeaten streak that was extended on Wednesday courtesy of a 3-2 victory vs. FC Dallas. RSL and the Timbers will meet in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals on August 7th at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Beltran opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a long-range blast, his second career U.S. Open Cup goal. Wingert added RSL’s second in the 50th minute, while Saborio added an insurance tally in the 86th to seal the victory.
RSL now stands on the verge of reaching their first U.S. Open Cup Final, but must beat a streaking Portland side they will see plenty of in the coming months. RSL and the Timbers will meet three times in August, including a pair of MLS league meetings.
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