In a match where things were slow and generally frustrating for the first 80 minutes, Brooks Lennon made his MLS-scoring debut with a game-winner against arguably RSL’s biggest rival.
Real Salt Lake was having a hard time generating much in the way of scoring chances on Saturday night until the game got flipped on its head with about 10 minutes to go. Albert Rusnak took a corner kick, Luis Silva nearly scored, Chris Wingert got on the end of a rebound and Jared Watts prevented it with his hand. A subsequent red card and penalty gave Yura the game-tying opportunity and RSL a real advantage to get more.
Corroborating stories from head coach Mike Petke and Lennon himself reveal that Brooks Lennon had a feeling he was going to have the chance to take the three points and that he did. He got past two defenders cutting into the middle of the field, found some space, and got everything on a ball from beyond the top of the box and rocketed it in the goal. With that, RSL took home the full three points giving Colorado their first home loss in nearly two years.
Maybe more importantly, Lennon how has a goal under his belt which should build on his already high confidence level. He believed he was going to win the game for his team and he did just that. Every team would do anything to have a player like that.