SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Real Salt Lake reached the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League despite losing 2-1 to Costa Rican club Saprissa on Tuesday night.
American side Salt Lake won the first leg of the semifinal 2-0 and advanced 3-2 on aggregate.
Luis Cordero scored for Saprissa a minute into the second half, but Jamison Olave tied it in the 61st to snuff out hope for the Costa Ricans. Alonso Solis, who came on as a late substitute, converted a penalty for Saprissa in the 87th.
Salt Lake will face one of two Mexican clubs in the final. Cruz Azul and Monterrey play Wednesday in the other second-leg semifinal. Monterrey leads 2-1 after the first leg.
Salt Lake defended solidly in the first half and gave the Costa Ricans few chances.
Cordero shocked Salt Lake right after halftime, beating Nick Rimando into the top corner of the net to give the home crowd a boost. But with Saprissa pressing, Olave scored on a volley following a corner kick.