LOS ANGELES (ABC4 Sports) – Real Salt Lake was minutes away from getting a hard-earned result on the road, but Walker Zimmerman scored the game-winner in the 92nd minute as LAFC pullled out a thrilling 2-1 victory.
The two teams seem destined for a 1-1 draw until Justin Portillo was handed a questionable straight red card in the 84th minute.
That set the stage for the dramatic finish, as Zimmerman fired a blast into the upper right hand corner that froze goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Real Salt Lake struck first in the 35th minute, after Sebastian Saucedo was taken down in the box by Latif Blessing. Damir Kreilach buried the penalty kick to give RSL a 1-0 lead.
However, just five minutes later, Diego Rossi scored the equalizer for LAFC to tie the match at a goal a piece.
RSL appeared to re-take the lead on a goal by Saucedo just before the half, but he was ruled offside.
The second half was relatively uneventful, until Portillo raised his arm near midfield and hit Rossi in the neck. The referee, who was trailing the play, ruled it a straight red card, giving LAFC a man advantage for the rest of the match.
Eight minutes later, Zimmerman’s blast handed RSL a bitter defeat.
RSL was able to manage just three total shots, and just one on frame. LAFC had 19 shots, 7 on target, with Rimando making five saves.
Real Salt Lake falls to 1-2-1 on the season. They next host FC Dallas on March 30th at Rio Tinto Stadium.