America First Field, Sandy, UT – Real Salt Lake just couldn’t finish and the night ended in disappointment against the club with the worst record in the entire league tonight at the newly renamed America First Field. With the MLS Commissioner, Dan Garber, in attendance Real Salt Lake announced a 15 year partnership with America First Credit Union that includes naming rights for the previously named Rio Tinto Stadium. All of the pomp just couldn’t push the Claret and Cobalt enough and the result was a draw and one point but it sure felt like a loss.
The opportunities were there all night with RSL taking 16 shots and even with 8 of them on frame they just couldn’t sneak one past David Ochoa. All night long it felt like the home club was just one shot away from opening up the match but it just never happened. DC had an answer to our guys every time they looked to take the advantage.
The first half ended with no goals and the second half picked up right were both teams left off. RSL continued to push but they just couldn’t find a way to finish.
David Ochoa returned to America First Field for the first time since his departure to Wayne Rooney’s club. Danny Musovski and Braian Ojeda both made their home debut for the Claret and Cobalt. With only four matches left RSL falls to 7th place in the West with the playoffs on the line. Only two home matches remain this season, Cincinnati visits next Saturday, September 17 and the final home match features the Portland Timbers on Sunday, October 9. Things don’t get any easier for Real Salt Lake with a mid-week match coming up in Austin against Austin FC on Wednesday, September 14th.
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 0 0
DC United 0 0 0
DC – Chris Durkin – 27′ – unsporting behavior
DC – Motai Akinmboni – 40′ – unsporting behavior
DC – David Ochoa – 61′ – dissent
RSL – Marcelo Silva – 66′ – unsporting behavior
RSL – Aaron Herrera – 89′ – dissent
Referee: Kevin Broadley
Assistant Referee: Corey Rockwell
Assistant Referee: Adam Garner
4th Official: Ismail Elfath
Video Assistant Referee: Timothy Ford
AVAR: Jonathan Johnson
Real Salt Lake: Zac MacMath; Andrew Brody; Pablo Ruiz; Justin Meram (Danny Musovski, 77′); Sergio Cordova (Rubio Rubin, 68′); Jeffeson Savarino; Justen Glad; Maikel Chang (Anderson Julio, 68′); Aaron Herrera; Jasper Loffelsend (Braian Ojedia, 68′); Marcelo Silva
Substitutes Not Used: Johan Koppelhof; Scott Caldwell; Diego Luna; Bryan Oviedo; Tomax Gomez
Head Coach: Pablo Mastroeni
DC United: David Ochoa; Andy Najar; Donovan Pines; Motai Akinmboni (Tony Alfaro, 46′); Russell Canouse (Martin Rodriguez, 46′); Chris Durkin (Sofiane Djeffal, 46′); Jackson Hopkins (Chris Odoi-Atsem, 46′); Victor Paisson; Ravel Morrison; Ola Kamara (Miguel Berry, 89′); Christian Benteke
Substitutes Not Used: Rafael Romo; Drew Skundrich; Kimarni Smith; Sami Guediri
Head Coach: Wayne Rooney