LOS ANGELES (AP) — Damir Kreilach scored two goals and Real Salt Lake beat expansion club Los Angeles FC 3-2 on Thursday night for RSL's first playoff victory since 2013.
RSL entered with just three road wins this season, and LAFC had only lost once at home.
Kreilach opened the scoring in the 21st minute by settling Brooks Lennon's cross with his chest and one-touching it home. Kreilach tied it at 2 in the 58th after a poor clearance fell to his feet and he volleyed it inside the post.
RSL went ahead in the 69th on LAFC's own goal as Jefferson Savarino's shot redirected off Walker Zimmerman's head into the back of the net.
Danilo Silva tied it at 1 for LAFC in the 31st, heading in Carlos Vela's free kick. Second-half substitute Christian Ramirez gave LAFC a 2-1 lead in the 55th after getting past the defense for Lee Nguyen's through ball and sending it over Nick Rimando.
All three of Ramirez's goals with LAFC this season, after being traded from Minnesota, came against RSL.
Wayne Rooney was stopped on a shootout attempt in his MLS playoff debut, Nick DeLeon skied D.C. United's final kick over the crossbar and the visiting Columbus Crew beat D.C. United 3-2 on penalty kicks after they tied 2-2 on Thursday night.
Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen denied United's top two scorers in Rooney and Luciano Acosta. Patrick Mullins, who was traded to Columbus from D.C. earlier this year, had a chance to win it, but his penalty shot hit the post and DeLeon wasn't close on the final attempt.
Federico Higuain, Wil Trapp and Niko Hansen converted in the shootout for Columbus. The Crew won a penalty kick shootout on the road in the knockout round for the second straight season.
Higuain scored Columbus' second latest goal in club history in the 96th minute by heading in Harrison Afful's cross. But DeLeon, a second-half sub, tied it at 2 in the first minute of the second extra 15-minute session in front of a sellout crowd of 20,600.
Frederic Brillant opened the scoring in the 21st minute for D.C. United by heading home a rebound for his first goal of the season. Higuain tied it nine minutes later by sending home a loose ball in front of the net.