Real Salt Lake have been eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League after a night of frustration at Rio Tinto.
They failed to breach the Herediano defence and the 0-0 draw was good enough to see the Costa Ricans through. Tauro finished the group with zero points.
Fabian Espindola hit the crossbar in the tenth minute when clean through although Ruiz hit the foot of Nick Rimando’s right post for the visitors.
RSL’s Canadian midfielder Will Johnson was already looking forward to returning to MLS where they will host Vancouver Whitecaps in their last regular season match, prior to their two legged play off tussle with Seattle.
“I don’t think anybody is not together. I think we’re all together in this. Nobody was frustrated at each other, just frustrated at the situation. You know, that’s CONCACAF. That’s the ugly side of CONCACAF. It always has been and as long as it continues like this, it always will be. So I think the guys are together and looking forward to getting back to MLS play and some real football.”
In Texas, there was better news for MLS as Houston Dynamo secured the point they needed to advance against Olimpia.
Seattle Sounders have already qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament which will take place next March.
LA Galaxy are also through after accruing seven points from three games. They play Isidro Metapan on Thursday.
They have three wins out of three but entertain Marathon tomorrow, seeking to preserve their 100% record. More importantly, that will assist them in avoiding a top seed next March such as Mexican giants Monterrey and Santos Laguna.