Real Salt Leagues Club President Scott Lively said his team had no issues in the opening game of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals against ChivasUSA, with the visitors having a late equaliser from Joao Plata.
The hosts had the better of the opening 45 minutes before the visitors managed to put away their second goal of the game, which was a header from goalkeeper Matt Pickens after 25 minutes.
Real Salt was without goalkeeper Nick Rimando and defender Aaron Maund, with goalkeeper Matt Watson the only other injury doubt.
Maund and Plata combined for the only goal of play in the first half, with Watson and Rimando both having chances in the second half.
Maintaining a comfortable 1-0 lead, Real Salt continued to dominate in the final stages, with Matias Perez Garcia scoring from close range before the halftime break.
After the break, Chivas had a second goal on the counter-attack from a corner kick, but Real Salt maintained their lead.
The visitors continued to push forward and were rewarded with a goal just two minutes later, when defender Aaron Kovar had a shot deflected into the net by the keeper, who then saved a penalty by Matias.
After scoring twice in the last three minutes of the first period, Real Madrid midfielder Juan Bernat made a diving save from a goal-line clearance, but Kovar made a superb save from Plata’s cross in the 88th minute to deny the visitors the lead.
Chivas USA were in front in the 79th minute when they struck the post from a Plata free kick.
The result means Real Salt will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to four matches with their third consecutive win, while the visitors will face the defending CONCACACAF champions in the semifinals.