A pair of red cards have added an interesting twist to the the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions league match between the Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake. The referee issued a pair of red cards to RSL center back Nat Borchers and Crew forward Emilio Renteria in the 73rd minute.
For a moment, it looked as if RSL has back to even terms with the Crew when Renteria was issued the card. But referee Jair Marrufo opted to show red to Borchers as well. It wasn't immediately apparent what prompted the ejections, although Renteria had gone done in the box and was holding his head. Earlier in the second half, RSL lost Tony Beltran when he received his second yellow card of the match. All three players will have to sit out the second leg on March 2.
In about 15 minutes up a man, the Crew have only created a couple decent opportunities, but one of them really should have resulted in a goal. On a free kick, Jeff Cunningham had gotten behind the RSL defense and had a clean look at a header but was unable to make contact.