While his 72 minutes in RSL’s SCCL clash with Tigres on Wednesday is hardly a wide field of reference to judge a player on, Yura Movsisyan did show flashes of brilliance in his play that should make any Real Salt Lake fan excited for the 2016 season. Yura’s excellent positioning, dangerous runs, and shots on goal all proved that—albeit maybe a bit rusty—is ready for the challenge that lies ahead of him.
Yura finished his debut with 2 shots (1 on goal) and plenty of action in the attacking third. He had a fantastic chance in the 40th minute when Plata slid a ball to him and he got behind a defender, but just put it off target sending it high and wide. He had a second great look when Morales laid the ball off to him in front of the goal, and this time he put it on frame, but the keeper just got a hand to it and knocked it out for a corner kick.
So why should fans be so optimistic from only 2 shots in his first official game back for Salt Lake? He’s a proven goal scorer. Whether you look back at his first stint with RSL (15 goals in 2 years) or his time overseas (12 goals in 2 seasons with Randers, 23 goals in 2 seasons with Krasnodar, and 25 goals in 4 years at Spartak Moscow), it’s easy to see that he’s had an incredible amount of success fitting in with the attack of multiple different teams, and his return to Real Salt Lake should be no different.
If this first match back for him is any kind of omen for what’s to come this season, RSL fans should have nothing to worry about when it comes to the final third. With the service of Javier Morales from the midfield and being complemented by Joao Plata and "El Burrito" Martinez on either side of him, we should see plenty of chances, and yes, plenty of goals from Yura in 2016.