SANDY, Utah (Friday, July 22, 2016) – Real Salt Lake missed out on three points for the fourth consecutive home match, but was able to come back from an early deficit to earn a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes Friday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
MF Luke Mulholland scored his third goal of the season as RSL moved to 5-0-5 at home this season and 8-6-7 overall. It was the seventh time this season that RSL earned points from a losing position, earning 15 points overall after coming back from a deficit.
Real Salt Lake’s bid for a second consecutive shutout ended early, as Chris Wondolowski opened scoring in the ninth minute with his eighth goal of the season and eighth career goal against RSL.
On a San Jose corner, Jordan Stewart made first contact just outside the six-yard box, knocking it down for Wondolowski for a first-time redirection from close range that found the back of the net for a 1-0 San Jose lead.
San Jose would outshoot RSL 8-6 in the first half, and RSL’s attack took a blow when FW Yura Movsisyan had to be subbed out just before halftime with a left hip flexor strain. Movsisyan had one of RSL’s two shots on goal in the first half.
Even without the team’s leading scorer, RSL was able to equalize in the 64th minute.
MF Javier Morales carried the ball into the box and drew the defense to him in the attacking left side. He then lifted a pass over the defense to Mulholland waiting just inside the penalty spot and he turned a left-footed side-volley past David Bingham for his third goal of the season to make it 1-1.
In the 72nd minute, FW Olmes Garcia, who subbed on for the injured Movsisyan, had a breakaway opportunity, getting out up the left side. Holding off a defender, Garcia fired under Bingham, but the keeper smothered the shot for the save and the score remained 1-1.
In the 80th minute, San Jose had a chance to break the tie when Shea Salinas cracked a shot from distance, but it rang off the crossbar to keep the match level.
Hungry for its first win since June 22, RSL pounced on three chances in the 90th minute and beyond, but could not find the game-winner.
In the 90th minute, it was DF Demar Phillips charging on a ball up the left side, but his rocket shot was parried over the crossbar by Bingham. Then in stoppage time, Morales ripped a shot from outside the box that Bingham cradled in his chest for the save and then had another effort from the left side parried away for a corner. In all, Bingham saved six shots from RSL to keep the Claret-and-Cobalt out of the win column.
RSL will get back on the road next week, facing the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium on July 31 before facing Toronto FC at BMO Field on August 3.
GAME NOTES – RSLvSJ
– FW Yura Movsisyan left the match in the 44th minute with a left hip flexor strain.
– With his assist, MF Javier Morales moved into a tie with Mauricio Cienfuegos and Chris Henderson for 10th on the MLS all-time assist list with 80 in his career, all with Real Salt Lake.
– With the draw, RSL is now 5-1-2 in Pioneer Day weekend matches.
– RSL now has earned 15 points from a losing position, coming back to earn a win or a draw on seven different occasions.
REAL SALT LAKE 1-1 SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016
RIO TINTO STADIUM
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 1 1
San Jose Earthquakes 1 0 1
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 9’
RSL: Luke Mulholland (Javier Morales, Joao Plata) 64’
RSL: Tony Beltran (Caution; Foul) 30’
Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Justen Glad, Aaron Maund, Chris Wingert (Demar Phillips 72’); Kyle Beckerman, Luke Mulholland (Jordan Allen 83’); Juan Manuel Martinez, Javier Morales, Joao Plata; Yura Movsisyan (Olmes Garcia 44’).
Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella, Omar Holness, Jamison Olave, John Stertzer.
San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): David Bingham; Cordell Cato, Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez, Jordan Stewart; Alberto Quintero (Shea Salinas 63’), Fatai Alashe, Anibal Godoy (Tommy Thompson 89’), Simon Dawkins; Chris Wondolowski, Quincy Amarikwa (Chad Barrett 75’).
Substitutes not used: Andrew Tarbell, Shaun Francis, Matias Perez Garcia, Andres Imperiale.
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Assistant Referees: Eric Boria, Jeff Hosking
Fourth Official: Edvin Jurisevic
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 88