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October 1, 2013 9:00 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ J. Guzmán‎
Attendance:‬ 17608‎
 
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Real Salt Lake 0-1 D.C. United: United upsets RSL to claim Open Cup triumph

Lewis Neal's goal late in the first half was enough to give Ben Olsen his first piece of silverware as a coach, and possibly preserve his job.

By Keith Hickey

Lewis Neal of D.C. United tackles the ball away from Sebastian Velasquez of Real Salt Lake
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Despite a huge gulf in league position, D.C. United re-emphasized its status as the most successful Major League Soccer club with a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake in the final of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the club's third triumph in the venerable knockout competition.

Coming into the final, the two teams could hardly have been in different positions. Real had the second-best record in MLS and the league's best offense. D.C. lay in last place, with the league's most impotent attack and leakiest defense.

Throughout the game, RSL dominated possession, passing and chances, but failed to penetrate a dogged team set up to frustrate its fluid movements. Skillful Luis Silva was benched in favor of the more workmanlike Lewis Neal.

Indeed, it was D.C. that went into halftime with the 1-0 lead, courtesy of a Neal goal just before the interval. John Thorrington worked his way down the left wing and whipped in a cross. Carlos Salcedo was there to get a touch, but the ball fell for Neal to nip in and send a shot into the far low corner.

The home side nearly responded immediately through its captain. Barely a second after the restart, Kyle Beckerman was up the other end, ripping a powerful drive from distance, but Bill Hamid was relieved to see the shot fizz wide.

Real Salt Lake pushed hard for an equalizer after the restart. Its most threatening moment came in the 59th minute, when Sebastien Velasquez smashed a shot off Hamid's crossbar from the edge of the penalty area, and Alvaro Saborio and Nat Borchers both saw headed efforts go wide in the following minutes.

As the game ticked closer to time, RSL threw more men forward. Devon Sandoval came on as a substitute and almost set up Ned Grabavoy at the end of regulation before Chris Korb, who was in impressive form all night, managed to scramble the ball away amid goalmouth chaos.

RSL narrowly escaped total disaster in stoppage time when Nick Rimando was strangely shown only a yellow card for impeding Conor Doyle as the last man. Despite the lack of ejection, Salt Lake could not find an equalizer, with Hamid's close range save on Sandoval and James Riley's block on Saborio's late header from a corner the home side's closest efforts in the closing minutes.

The Open Cup win is D.C.'s third all-time, joining 1996 and 2008 successes and tying the capital club with three otherd for third-most wins all-time. It is the first major trophy won by Ben Olsen as a head coach, and the club's first since it last won the competition in 2008.

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D.C. United

28
Bill Hamid
Goalkeeper
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22
Chris Korb
Defender
80′
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Dejan Jakovic
Defender
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15
Ethan White
Defender
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26
James Riley
Defender
21′
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13
Chris Pontius
Midfielder
87′
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14
Dwayne De Rosario
Midfielder
75′
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11
John Thorrington
Midfielder
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24
Lewis Neal
Midfielder
45′
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14
Nick DeLeon
Midfielder
58′
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23
Perry Kitchen
Midfielder
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Real Salt Lake

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18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
91′
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16
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17
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6
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2
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11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
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5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
47′
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20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
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26
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15
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8
Joao Plata
Striker
57′

Substitutes

31
Joe Willis
Goalkeeper
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24
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25
Jared Jeffrey
Midfielder
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12
Luis Silva
Midfielder
75′
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30
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19
Kyle Porter
Midfielder
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Substitutes

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24
Jeff Attinella
Goalkeeper
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28
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12
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5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
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9
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Results
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Diego Valeri Diego Valeri
Midfielder
Portland Timbers
1 0
Dwayne De Rosario Dwayne De Rosario
Midfielder
Toronto FC
1 0
A. Saborío A. Saborío
Striker
Real Salt Lake
1 0
Joao Plata Joao Plata
Striker
Real Salt Lake
1 0
Nick DeLeon Nick DeLeon
Midfielder
D.C. United
1 0