The lone goal was scored by Lewis Neal just before halftime.
It was D.C.’s third Open Cup title in the 100-year history of the competition.
Here's a report from U.S. Soccer:
Storied Major League Soccer franchise D.C. United seized the moment at the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Lewis Neal scored a late first-half goal while goalkeeper Bill Hamid and the D.C. United defense held Real Salt Lake's offense at bay en route to the organization's third U.S. Open Cup crown for a 1-0 victory in front of 17,608 spectators at Rio Tinto Stadium.
D.C. United became just the third MLS team to win three championships at the U.S. Open Cup, joining the Chicago Fire (four) and Seattle Sounders FC (three). D.C. won the 1996 and 2008 U.S. Open Cups.
As the U.S. Open Cup champion, D.C. United garners a berth in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League. United, which has won only three games during the MLS regular season, won more matches at this year's Open Cup tournament (four wins and a draw/shootout to advance past third-round opponent Richmond Kickers).
With the first half winding down, D.C. United gained the upper hand against Salt Lake as Neal scored his first goal of the tournament in the 45th minute. The buildup developed down the left side with midfielder John Thorrington as he drew a couple of Real Salt Lake defenders before crossing the ball into the box. Salt Lake's Carlos Salcedo deflected the cross, but Neal was there to clean up as his shot to the far right side of the frame eluded diving goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Before Neal's tally, it was Salt Lake that started to create the better of the scoring chances. Neither team put a shot on goal in the opening 30 minutes, but the home side started to find some holes in the D.C. defense. Ecuadorian forward Joao Plata ripped a shot that went a shade wide right of the frame in the 27th minute. Then in the 32nd minute, RSL captain Kyle Beckerman had the game's first shot on goal, a long-distance strike that took a slight deflection off of the D.C. defense and went directly to Hamid for the save. Overall, Salt Lake out-shot D.C. 4-1 in the opening 45 minutes.
Hamid made six saves on the night for D.C. as the game opened up for Salt Lake's offense in the second half. Ned Grabavoy split the D.C. defense in the 52nd minute to force Hamid to lunge to his left for the save. Hamid also deflected a Saborio shot from up close at the near right post in the 81st minute.
A large share of Salt Lake's hopeful scoring opportunities came in the closing minutes of regulation and in stoppage time. More than four minutes into second-half stoppage time, Nat Borchers crossed from the right to second-half sub Devon Sandoval, and his right-footed side volleyball was blocked by Hamid. Then six minutes into stoppage time, Saborio was unmarked on his header that he drove low to the ground. D.C. defender James Riley got a foot on it and the ball deflected off of the crossbar and out of harm's way.
- U.S. Open Cup Match Report -
Match: Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. UnitedDate: Oct. 1, 2013Competition: 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup FinalVenue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, UtahKickoff: 7 p.m. local (MT)Attendance: 17,608Weather: 71 degrees, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F RSL 0 0 0 DCU 1 0 1
DCU - Lewis Neal 45th minute
Lineups:RSL: 18-Nick Rimando; 17-Chris Wingert, 6-Nat Borchers, 16-Carlos Salcedo (49-Devon Sandoval, 81), 2-Tony Beltran; 5-Kyle Beckerman (capt.), 20-Ned Grabavoy, 26-Sebastian Velasquez (23-Khari Stephenson, 69), 11-Javier Morales; 8-Joao Plata (13-Olmes Garcia, 57), 15-Alvaro SaborioSubstitutions Not Used: 12-Cole Grossman, 14-Yordany Alvarez, 24-Jeff Attinella, 28-Chris Schuler Head Coach: Jason Kreis
DCU: 28-Bill Hamid; 2-James Riley, 5-Dejan Jakovic, 15-Ethan White, 22-Chris Korb; 23-Perry Kitchen, 24-Lewis Neal, 13-Chris Pontius (30-Conor Doyle, 86), 8-John Thorrington; 18-Nick DeLeon, 7-Dwayne De Rosario (capt.) (12-Luis Silva, 75)Substitutions Not Used: 3-Dennis Iapichino, 19-Kyle Porter, 21-Daniel Woolard, 25-Jared Jeffrey, 31-Joe Willis Head Coach: Ben Olsen
Stats Summary: RSL / DCU Shots: 10 / 2 Shots on Goal: 6 / 1 Saves: 0 / 6 Corner Kicks: 10 / 1 Fouls: 15 / 17 Offside: 3 / 2
Misconduct Summary: DCU - James Riley (caution) 21st minute RSL - Kyle Beckerman (caution) 45+1 DCU - Nick DeLeon (caution) 58 DCU - Chris Korb (caution) 80 RSL - Nick Rimando (caution) 90
Officials: Referee: Juan Guzman (USA) Assistant Referee 1: Kermit Quisenberry (USA) Assistant Referee 2: Fabio Tovar (USA) Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)