Real Salt Lake fell short in its quest to become the first MLS team to advance to the Club World Cup, losing to visiting Monterrey, 1-0, in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League finals Wednesday night.
Chilean forward Humberto Suazo scored from close distance just before halftime for the Mexican club, which will represent the region in the world tournament in December in Japan.
Real had numerous opportunities throughout the match, including a last-minute bid that was slapped away at the goal line by goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco.
The teams had played to a 2-2 draw at Monterrey last week, and with away goals serving as a tiebreaker, Real needed just a 0-0 or 1-1 result Tuesday to win the series. Monterrey’s victory ended Real’s 37-game unbeaten streak at Rio Tinto Stadium.
MLS teams claimed the regional championship in 1998 (D.C. United) and 2000 (Los Angeles Galaxy), but at that time, the Club World Cup didn’t exist.