Tony Beltran’s Head Saved Real Salt Lake’s Season (Video)
Real Salt Lake entered the second leg of their Western Conference semi-final against the Seattle Sounders with a 3-0 aggregate lead, but they decided to make things interesting by spotting the Sounders a 2-0 lead in the opening 61 minutes of yesterday’s match at CenturyLink Field. Their generosity almost came back to haunt them, as they were forced to hang on for their lives during the final 30-plus minutes as the Sounders continued their furious attack on offense.
In the end, RSL would hold on for the final 30 minutes and escape with the 3-2 aggregate victory, but there were plenty of opportunities for the Sounders to add one more goal throughout the game. One of those opportunities came in the 35th minute, when it appeared as though Sounders’ defender Jeff Parke had an empty net to shoot at from inside the box, but his attempt on goal was denied by the head of RSL defender Tony Beltran.
Martin Brodeur’s stick save was probably the best save in sports last night, but Beltran’s header should be considered a close second.