Jul 20, 2014 at 3am UK at ​Rio Tinto Stadium
Salt LakeReal Salt Lake
VancouverVancouver Whitecaps
Plata (81')
Beckerman (17'), Beltran (76'), Wingert (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Mattocks (73' pen.)
Laba (75'), Fernandez (75'), Ousted (76'), Koffie (88')

Result: Joao Plata strike secures point for Real Salt Lake

Joao Plata on February 17, 2012
Joao Plata scores an 81st-minute equaliser to hand a point to Real Salt Lake as he cancels out Darren Mattocks's earlier strike for the Vancouver Whitecaps in their clash.

An 81st-minute equaliser from Joao Plata rescued a point for Real Salt Lake in their MLS clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The home side came close to taking the lead in the third minute when Javier Morales lined up a free kick from 30 yards, but he saw his goalbound effort well saved by David Ousted.

From the resulting corner Vancouver somehow managed not to fall behind as Ned Grabavoy, Luis Gil and Devon Sandoval all had efforts blocked on the line before the visitors cleared the danger after the third attempt.

The Whitecaps came within inches of taking the lead when Darren Mattocks managed to get free of his man down the right and bent a shot past Nick Rimando, but his effort went wide of the post.

Sebastian Fernandez also went close for the visitors just before the break as he latched onto Omar Salgado's pinpoint cross at the back post, but with time and space he fired his first-time shot wide.

In the second half, Salt Lake upped the ante as Plata lifted a great cross to the back post for the run of Kyle Beckerman, but the midfielder couldn't direct his header on target.

Vancouver took the lead in the 73rd minute when Nat Borchers brought down Mattocks in the box with a late challenge. The striker took the kick himself and placed the ball into the bottom corner.

However, the home side earned a point as Beckerman picked out Plata on the left and the forward drove into the box before drilling an effort past Ousted into the net.

Joao Plata on February 17, 2012
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