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Real Salt Lake beats Sporting KC on thrilling stoppage-time goal, clinches playoff berth

Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach, center top, heads the ball away from Sporting Kansas City midfielder Remi Walter.
Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach, center top, heads the ball away from Sporting Kansas City midfielder Remi Walter, right, during the first half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in Kansas City, Kan.
Nick Tre. Smith, Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Damir Kreilach scored in stoppage time to put Real Salt Lake over Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Sunday night and clinch a berth in the playoffs on the final day of the regular season.

Real Salt Lake (14-14-6), the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, will play second-seeded Seattle in the first round.

Sporting KC (17-10-7) went into the day with a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed, but fell to No. 3 and will play sixth-seeded Vancouver.

Kreilach put away a volley off a bicycle kick by Justin Meram from point-blank range to make it 1-0 in the fifth minute of stoppage time to keep Real Salt Lake’s season alive.

David Ochoa had four saves for RSL. The 20-year-old goalkeeper in his third MLS season has four career shutouts, all in 2021.

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