Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – Sitting at the bottom of the bracket, Real Salt Lake had to get a win tonight against Minnesota United, Yura Movsisyan came off the bench and extended the home winning streak to 3.
Real Salt Lake and Minnesota United who are currently at the bottom of MLS with the most porous defensive backfields in the league led us to believe that we might see a shootout tonight. Real Salt Lake kept up their part with an amazing 29 shots on goal, but with little to show for it.
The best performance for Minnesota came from Bobby Shuttleworth who withstood the RSL onslaught for 84 minutes. After referree Marcos de Oliveira, who has only participated in 9 MLS matches before tonight, missed his third handball of the night, it looked like all the players saw it and slowed down. Shuttleworth bumbled the ball and Yura kept playing and tapped the ball into the net. Another reminder to keep going until the whistle blows.
The win moves RSL closer to the playoff line, reserving course from a Texas two-misstep that saw Mike Petke’s squad lose 6-2 to FC Dallas and 5-1 to the Dynamo. Meanwhile, for Minnesota, it’s their 4th loss in five matches, and the second straight in which they’ve been shut out.
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 1 1
Minnesota Unites 0 0 0
RSL – Yura Movsisyan – 84′
MIN – Brent Kallman – 21′ – Unsporting Behavior
RSL – Kyle Beckerman – 74′ – Unsporting Behavior
MIN – Ibson – 86′ – Dissent
Referee: Marcos de Oliveira
Assistant Referee: Corey Parker
Assistant Referee: Eric Weisbrod
4th Official: Juan Guzman
Real Salt Lake (4-10-2, 14pts): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran; Justen Glad; Aaron Maund; Danilo Acosta (Sebastian Saucedo, 79′); Kyle Beckerman (C); Jefferson Savarino;; Luke Mulholland; Brooks Lennon; Joao Plata, (Chris Wingert, 87′) Luis Silva (Yura Movisiyan, 70′)
Substitutes Not Used: Matt VanOekel; Omar Holness; David Horst; Ricard Velazco
Head Coach: Mike Petke
Minnesota United (4-8-2, 14 pts): Bobby Shuttleworth; Jerome Theison; Fancisco Calov (C); Brent Kallman; Kevin Venegas; Ibson; Miguel Ibarra; Kevin Molino; Sam Cronin; Abu Danladi (Rasmus Schuller, 79′); Christian Ramirez
Substitutes Not Used: Patrick McLain; Collin Martin; Jermain Taylor; Collen Warner
Head Coach: Adrian Heath
Next up for RSL
Real Salt Lake tries to turn around the troubled away game when they meet up with the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday, Jun 24.