I loved having my Close Personal Friend, Goal Keeper for Real Salt Lake Nick Rimando on the Radio From Hell Show today! I have had many, many deep conversations over taquitos and tequila shots around the fire pit in Nick’s backyard- but it was nice to talk about it on the air so you all could share in the playoff excitement. Nick’s pet donkey Tito has predicted a win for Real Salt Lake over the LA Galaxy this Sun, Nov 9 5:30. He does this by sitting on a Real Salt Lake logo and refusing to move. Ole! ~Gina Barberi
Listen to the whole interview below
After a hard-fought, defensive battle that ended in a 0-0 draw on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, Real Salt Lake head to Carson, California to face the LA Galaxy in the second leg of the Major League Soccer Western Conference Semifinal. You can watch our buddy Nick Rimando and his teammates live at 5:30 p.m. MT on ESPN2 as they look to end the LA Galaxy season for a second consecutive year.
For more on what Real Salt Lake actually need to do in this game to advance past the LA Galaxy, read this article.
In case you haven’t figured it out by now, the MLS Playoffs are a little complicated… especially for those of us who don’t follow soccer too closely. Here’s the deal. In the conference semifinal, the teams play each other twice – once each at the teams’ home stadium. The two games are scored on aggregate, meaning the final score is based on all the scoring from both games. If the two game series ends in a scoring tie (1-1, 2-2, etc.) the team with more goals scored in the opponent’s stadium wins. If the second game ends in a 0-0 tie, there will be overtime and eventually penalty kicks to determine a winner.
While a 0-0 score in Sandy may not look all that impressive at face value, not letting LA score in Rio Tinto Stadium was quite literally the most important accomplishment for RSL to achieve. Of course, scoring a goal or two would have been much better, but now, because of the shutout, LA has to beat RSL in order to end the claret-and-cobalt’s season. For the LA Galaxy a scoring tie is as good as a loss, and Real Salt Lake has a very good track record in Carson, California.