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Real Salt Lake beats Sporting KC, 2-1 in stoppage time

Real Salt Lake players celebrate after their MLS soccer match against Sporting Kansas City Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Kansas City, Kan. Real Salt Lake ...
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia blocks a shot during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Real Salt Lake Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in ...
Sporting Kansas City forward Johnny Russell, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match again...
Sporting Kansas City defender Andreu Fontas (3) and Real Salt Lake forward Rubio Rubin, front, battle for the ball during the first half of an MLS soc...

Real Salt Lake players celebrate after their MLS soccer match against Sporting Kansas City Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Kansas City, Kan. Real Salt Lake ...

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia blocks a shot during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Real Salt Lake Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in ...

Sporting Kansas City forward Johnny Russell, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match again...

Sporting Kansas City defender Andreu Fontas (3) and Real Salt Lake forward Rubio Rubin, front, battle for the ball during the first half of an MLS soc...

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Bobby Wood directed Justin Meram's crossing pass low into the right corner in the 90th minute to give Real Salt Lake a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Sunday in Major League Soccer's Western Conference semifinals.

Coming off a first-round victory on penalty kicks at Seattle, Real Salt Lake advanced to face the Portland Timbers in the conference final. Portland also won the road, topping Colorado 1-0 on a 90-minute score Thursday.

Sporting K.C. opened the scoring on Johnny Russell's penalty kick in the 24th minute. Russell converted after Aaron Herrera fouled Gadi Kinda in the penalty area.

Three of the four players involved in Real Salt Lake's two goals were second-half substitutes. Meram and Anderson Julio came on in the 57th minute, and Wood took over for Rubio Rubin in the 72nd minute.

Julio tied it in the 72nd, leaping to head a pass from Andrew Brody into the lower left corner.

Real Salt Lake lost all three regular-season meetings with Portland, allowing 12 goals.