SANDY,UT (WWAY) – Article below is courtesy KTVX (abc affiliate in Salt Lake City).. KTVX will be sending us highlights from the game. We hope to be able to show the video on Wednesday on WWAY. Sunday’s Coach’s Corner on WWAY will also have coverage from Utah.
SANDY,UT (ABC 4 Sports) – Real Salt Lake beat the Wilmington Hammerheads 2-0 in US Open Cup action on Tuesday night with goals from Jean Alexandre and Tony Beltran to advance to the quarterfinals stage of the tournament.
Both Beltran and Alexandre scored their goals late in the first half to lead a dominant RSL to victory. The Claret-and-Cobalt will now face FC Dallas, who pulled off a nail-biting 3-2 win over Orlando City.
Wilmington put up a good fight in the early stages of the first half, but it was still Real Salt Lake who controlled possession and the chances. RSL had 9 shots on goal in the half compared to 5 by the visitors, and they were able to convert a couple of those opportunities.
RSL’s first clear chance came in just the 12th minute, when Luis Gil found himself in a one-on-one against ‘keeper Kyle Polak. Gil, however, rushed the shot and pushed it wide.
Six minutes later, it was Alexandre who took his turn. The forward popped up unmarked near the goal but his header off of a cross by left back Chris Schuler missed the mark.
The home team finally opened the scoring in the 40th minute via Beltran, who tallied his first goal in a Real Salt Lake kit. The defender took a feed from Alexandre just outside the six-yard area and his low-angle attempt at the near post snuck past Polak.
Just a few minutes later, RSL added to the lead when Alexandre collected a through ball from Will Johnson, outmuscled a defender, then easily slotted home.
Wilmington came out with a bit more fight in the second half and constructed two nice chances, with forward Andriy Budnyy at the heart of both. In the first, the striker beat the defense but hesitated to get a shot off. Just moments later, Bundyy delivered a wonderful cross into the box, but Beltran stuck his head in the mix just before the ball reached its intended target.
From there on out, it appeared that the altitude caught up with the visitors, who looked visibly gassed as RSL poured on the pressure. Despite getting numerous good looks, RSL were unable to beat neither the ‘keeper nor the goal posts.
RSL will now prepare for a July 4 home encounter in MLS play against the New England Revolution.
Saturday, July 2, the Wilmington Hammerheads play host to their West Coast rival the Los Angeles Blues at 7:30pm at Legion Stadium. In honor and celebration of the July 4th weekend, the Hammerheads will be hosting a patriotic fireworks show immediately following the conclusion on the match, weather permitting.
The July 2nd game is also Military Appreciation Night at Legion Stadium. All military personnel will receive ½ off a single ticket with a valid military ID. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Hammerheads office, through the Hammerhead ticket line at 910-777-2111 ext. 10, and at www.wilmingtontickets.com.