SALT LAKE CITY — As the clock reached second-half stoppage time in Real Salt Lake’s Leagues Cup game Wednesday night versus Tigres UANL at Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL’s deficit was close to doubling from 1-0 to 2-0 when the home team was saved by a cat.
Yes, a cat.
In the 92nd minute, Tigres got a counter attack going when suddenly a feline darted out on to the field and ran straight into the area, right by RSL goalkeper Nick Rimando. That would have appeared to give Tigres’ Andre-Pierre Gignac a good look at a shot, but perhaps he was distracted, too, as he fired off an errant shot.
The cat was ultimately removed from the field, but its presence provided some funny tweets, particularly given that a similar episode happened with a duck last season at Rio Tinto Stadium.
But under current MLS rules, RSL would have MLS priority for #RSLcat as a discovery player if he signed with MLS, right? So any other MLS club would have to trade with RSL for the cat’s rights first?— Scott Boone (@Writerinlaw) July 25, 2019
RSL Cat heatmap. Likes to stay wide and deep. pic.twitter.com/UtQ7U7BcSu— Mark McClure (@mrkmcclr) July 25, 2019
What do you mean RSL are playing with 10 players what about the cat, that's full team. https://t.co/IR0jLhkJtJ— Shola Cole (@sholacole74) July 25, 2019
First RSL has the duck, now the cat, I am worried for what comes next!— Jared Dain (@greatdain1) July 25, 2019
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