Real Salt Lake put up a valiant effort, but could not find the result it was looking for at home on Wednesday.
Tigres UANL tied the MLS club, 1-1, securing advancement to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 3-1 aggregate win across two legs.
RSL scored first, and it had two clear opportunities to level the score, 2-2, on aggregate throughout the 90 minutes. Yura Movsisyan provided the assist on Joao Plata’s sliding conversion in the first half, and it was Movsisyan who had one of the two chances to tie the game.
The 28-year-old Armenian forward had a point-blank chance on the doorstep after receiving the ball near the left post, but he drilled his shot off the crossbar in the 55th minute.
Almost 20 minutes later, Javier Morales had the best chance to score the all-important second goal from the penalty spot. However, Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman saved the shot and the Liga MX club’s advancement.
André-Pierre Gignac scored the dagger in second-half stoppage time. Despite conceding, RSL proved to be a formidable opponent for Tigres on the evening, though. The MLS side outshot the Tigres, 12-4.
RSL will begin its MLS campaign against Orlando City SC on Sunday.
Here are the highlights to Wednesday’s second leg:
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