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RSL kicks NYCFC while they're down, wins 3-2

MLS: Real Salt Lake at New York City FC Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As expected, play was quick on the small soccer field at Yankee Stadium. Early on, Real Salt Lake nearly paid the price for some poor giveaways and bad marking with David Villa uncharacteristically missing the mark a couple times. It appeared as though the toll of a couple of bad results for New York City FC may have affected the confidence or form of even a world class player of his caliber. RSL kept the ball for good portions of the first half but a few miscues took away that ability to play a possession game away from home and things started to look scattered. RSL was able to get into the locker room tied 0-0 at half with some high pressure and a little bit of luck.

RSL had a good look on a breakaway in the 47th minute but when Joao Plata laid the ball off for Javier Morales, a City defender deflected the ball at the last second. In the 51st minute, RSL once again let things get a little too dangerous with Mix Diskerud heading a ball across goal and, lucky for the visitors, there was nobody there to tap it in. You can only get by with so many near goals, however. In the 56th, Jack Harrison got past a couple RSL defenders who didn't pressure high quick enough and when he took a shot, it deflected through Justen Glad's legs and went in for his first career goal. A few minutes later, RSL responded with a jab of their own when Sunny Obayan found Yura Movsisyan who took a nice first touch, out-muscled his opponent, and tied the game for Salt Lake. In the 68th, RSL was gaining momentum and New York was getting increasingly frustrated when RSL earned a free kick. City got a head on it, but Burrito Martinez controlled it off his chest and then curled it past Josh Saunders giving Real the lead. Luck switched sides fast and when Javier Morales sent a ball into the box in the 75th minute, Frederic Brillant slid to knock the ball out of bounds but the ball went in the goal instead. Things got interesting in the 85th when Morales got in Poku's way in the box and when they both went down in real time, Ted Unkel called a penalty. David Villa stepped up and barely got it past Nick Rimando who guessed the right way but couldn't nab it. David Villa had a fantastic look in injury time but once again sent it high and wide much to his dismay and RSL won 3-2.