SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Real Salt Lake did its job Sunday afternoon, but the team didn’t get any help, and its season is over.
Luis Silva and Brooks Lennon each scored first half goals, as Real Salt Lake ended the season with a 2-1 victory at home over Sporting Kansas City.
RSL came into the game knowing it needed both FC Dallas and San Jose to lose or tie, and both teams won, ending Real’s playoff chances.
Despite missing out on the postseason, head coach Mike Petke expressed nothing but pride for his team.
“I’m proud of my guys, extremely proud of my guys ever since I’ve taken over April 8th in a blizzard,” Petke said. “Hitting rock bottom at some point during our injuries and call ups, being last place in the league knowing all along the talent that we had and looking in their eyes knowing that better days are ahead. My point being I’m extremely proud of these guys because they’ve earned the right to be in the playoffs and we’re not.”
RSL ends the season with a record of 13-15-6, and will have to endure a long winter knowing that one more point would have made the difference between the playoffs and going home.
“Every year you look back and you could have found one point or something to either get you a little higher seeding or in this point get into the playoffs,” said RSL captain Kyle Beckerman. “I’m really proud of the foundation we’ve started to build here in the second half of the season. I feel like we really have something to build for next year.”
“It’s disappointing obviously,” said Lennon who scored his third goal of the season. “Coming out with a win today is what we needed, but obviously we put ourselves in a tough position. It’s a shame that we can’t make the playoffs because I think we have a team that can go far but we need to keep our heads high as I said and move on to next year and keep our heads down and work hard in preseason. Yeah, it’s tough right now.”