Real Salt Lake walked out of the RioT with a well-fought 3 points as they defeat the Colorado Rapids also taking sole position of 2nd place in the Western conference standings and 3rd in the Supporter's shield race.
With a terribly played first part of the first half, the moment and player that made a difference was Yura Movsisyan's goal in the 39th minute, when he snuck the ball past Rapids' goalkeeper, Tim Howard. He put in his fair share of work in tonight's game and made the biggest impact on the game.
Yura's impact was obvious: the goals. He also was able to put pressure on the back line which created mistakes and he was able to capitalize 2 of the handful of chances. He not only was able to create the chances but he was able to hold the ball in the attacking third of the field. He would then give an outlet pass. His passes, his positioning and his movement off the ball made him available for the goals he scored.
With all the positives from Yura against the Rapids, frustration began to settle for the the backline. With the defense struggling, all the pressure was on Howard. While he did stepped up with some big saves by the fingertip, including Javier Morales’s penalty shot, Yura was able to find the top right corner of the goal right out of the gate to start the second half.
Real Salt Lake gets a well-deserved break until they host the LA Galaxy on September 7th and tried to keep moving up the Western Conference standings.