Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – On an evening that showed threatening weather on the leadup to the match it couldn’t have been a more beautiful night for soccer and since we got to see RSL rough up NYCFC it only got better. It didn’t take long for New York to get on the board after a defensive miscue by Baird allowed Alexander Ring to put out in the corner of the net out of reach of Nick Rimando in the 4th minute of the match. After the goal Real seemed to get more in a groove and it paid off with a Jefferson Savarino Goal in the 37th minute to tie up the match through half-time. Rusnak put in a rocket in the 75th minute for the game winner and Nick Besler heel flicked the insurance goal in the 88th minute to give the home club the full three points.
It took some time for RSL to find their rhythm tonight and although a quick strike by New York might have hit team morale it did just the opposite. After Ring’s goal it was the Claret and Cobalt’s turn to control the momentum of the match. With 6 shots on goal in the half the most important one saw Jefferson Savarino break away just enough from Sebastian Ibeagha to fire a strike past Sean Johnson and into the net to tie up the match.
Whatever Freddie Juarez told the team in the locker room it definitely worked as they hit the pitch with even more fire than the first half. Again making 6 shots on goal in the half it took until the 75th minute for the issue to be decided when Albert Rusnak received a well placed ball from Kyle Beckerman and sent a Rocket past Johnson to put RSL on top. As the game got a little bit chippy and the New York side was showing some fatigue Nick Besler was in the right spot at the right time to heel-flick in a deflected ball to put the match firmly in the RSL column and guarantee three points on the night.
Coach Mike Petke missed tonight’s match and will also miss next week when they take on Sporting Kansas City as he wraps up his three match suspension for his treatment of the referee after the match against Tigres. Real Salt Lake is not 4-1-3 since the Goal Cup Break. New York City FC is a club that likes to win the possession battle but not tonight as Real Salt Lake had a slight edge in both halves and showed they can hang with any team in MLS.
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 1 2 3
New York City FC 1 0 1
NYC – Alexader Ring – 4′
RSL – Jefferson Savarino – 37′
RSL – Albert Rusnak – 75′
RSL – Nick Besler – 88′
NYC – James Sands – 27′ – unsporting behavior
RSL – Everton Luiz – 45’+2′ – unsporting behavior
RSL – Kyle Beckerman – 68′ – unsporting behavior
NYC – Alexander Ring – 74′ – unsporting behavior
NYC – Ronald Matarrita – 90’+2′ – unsporting behavior
Referee: Tim Ford
Assistant Referee: Brian Poeschel
Assistant Referee: Michael A. Kampmeinert
4th Official: David Barrie
Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro Mariscal
Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Justen Glad; Marcelo Silva; Aaron Herrera; Everton Luiz; Donny Toia; Albert Rusnak (Joao Plata, 83′); Kyle Beckerman (Nick Besler, 80′); Jefferson Savarino; Damir Kreilach; Corey Baird (Sebastian Saucedo, 77′)
Substitutes Not Used: Brooks Lennon; Nedham Onuoha; Tate Schmitt; David Ochoa
New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Maxime Chanot; James Sands; Ben Sweat (Sebastian Ibeagha, 17′); Anton Tinnerholm; Alexader Ring; Ebenezer Ofori (Gary Mackay-Steven, 78′); Ronald Matarrita; Valentin Castellanos (Keaton Parks, 64′); Heber; Alexadru Mitrita
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Stuver; Eric Miller; Jesus Medina; Tony Rocha
Next up for RSL
Real Salt Lake is on the road again next week when they visit Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday, August 10th.