Herediano 1 : 0 Real Salt Lake
Nat Borchers 58th minute sending off for a lunging challenge on Jose Sanchez was the pivotal moment in this CONCACAF Champions League match at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in Costa Rica.
Mexican referee Francisc Chacon took one look at the incident and had no choice but to send the Salt Lake defender off with the score at 1-0 to the home side.
As Jason Kreis was pondering the necessary substitution to shore up the back, more trouble befell his side.
On the restart, Jamison Olave who had been listed as merely probable before kick off, went down clutching his hamstring.
Fellow centre back Kwame Watson-Siriboe came on in his place, forcing Kreis to abandon the change he had planned to counter Borchers’ red card.
Will Jonhson was switched to left back briefly for a few minutes before Kenny Mansally came in to provide respite for the tired Fabian Espindola.
Three minutes later, Chacon let RSL off the hook when he should have called a penalty on Tony Beltran for a hand ball in the penalty box. Beltran’s hands were well away from his body, and he well away from the ball when a drive into the box struck his hand.
Elias Aguilar had given the home side a 14th minute lead with a left footed shot from outside the box to the Nick Rimando’s bottom corner after a neat one/two interchange with Ruiz.
Thereafter Espindola, Javi Morales and Ned Grabavoy all had solid first half chances. Will Johnson had two shots blocked and Beckerman another saved while Nick Rimando also made two saves from Sanchez and Yendrick Ruiz.
But the disappearance of Borchers and then Olave within the space of a minute limited RSL’s options beyond defending high up the pitch and hoping for a defensive error.
Herediano defended deeply and snuffed out any lat comeback by the ten men with relative ease.
The rematch between the two sides is on October 23rd. Panamanians Tauro make up the three team group.
C.S. Herediano (4-4-2) – Leo Moreira; Esteban Ramirez (Junior Alvarado, 86’), Cristian Montero, Pablo Salazar (C) Waylon Francis; Jose Sanchez, Jose Cubero, Carlos Hernandez, Elias Aguilar (Minor Diaz, 80’); Ismael Gomez (Derrick Johnson, 68’), Yendrick Ruiz
Substitutes Not Used: Fernando Valverde (GK), Esteban Granados, Jose Garro
Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2) – Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave (Kwame Watson-Siriboe, 63’), Nat Borchers (Ejected, 58’), Chris Wingert; Kyle Beckerman (C); Ned Grabavoy, Will Johnson (Jonny Steele, 80’); Javier Morales; Fabian Espíndola (Kenny Mansally, 68’), Álvaro Saborío
Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Reynish (GK), Yordany Alvarez, Luis Gil, Justin Braun