Real Salt Lake finally got the win they needed as they completely ravaged the LA Galaxy on the road tonight, downing the home side 6-2. Savarino bagged a brace as he scored his first and second goals of his MLS career.
LA got their first great chance of the game in the 15th minute when none other than Ema Boateng broke free with the ball behind the defense. He caught Rimando coming off his line and sent a chip right over his head, straight toward the net. Luckily Aaron Maund was in the right place to make a goal line clearance and keep the scoresheet at 0-0.
RSL took the lead in the 36th minute as Albert Rusnak made his mark on his first start since his return from the Slovakian U-21 team. Bradley Diallo gave the ball away in his own defensive half and Rusnak was able to gain control of it. He ran at the goal all alone, and slotted the ball right past Diop with ease to put the visitors up 1-0 as the boos rang down from the StubHub Center stands.
That lead didnt last long, when Ashley Cole – clearly in an offside position when shown on the replay – pulled one back for the home side to tie it up 1-1. With the introduction of VAR coming up soon, one can’t help but think that his goal wouldn’t count after a quick video review.
His goal was negated anyway, as captain Kyle Beckerman put in a diving header in the first minute of stoppage time to regain the lead for the visitors off of an Albert Rusnak assist.
RSL would go into the locker room at halftime leading by a score of 2-1, outshooting LA 12-6 overall, and 4-3 shots on target.
LA brought in a big gun in the form of Romain Alessandrini in place of Jack McInerny to start the second half, hoping to inject a little more attacking power.
In the 62nd minute, Yura Movsisyan finally added another goal to his tally when Demar Phillips found him from a cross on the far side. The ball went straight to Yura’s feet and he was able to easily tap it in with his left straight past Diop, to increase RSL’s lead to 3-1.
Jefferson Savarino opened his MLS account in the 72nd minute with an absolute rocket from about 25 yards out. He collected the ball after a failed LA clearance and let it rip from a distance, sending the ball flying past Diop and putting RSL up by an impressive score of 4-1.
Just five minutes later, Savarino bagged his second one on the night when he collected the ball after Diop saved a shot from Rusnak. Savarino was in the right place and nobody even contested him as he ran at the ball and tapped it in, good for a 5-1 scoreline in the 77th minute.
The floodgates were wide open, as just a mere four minutes after that, Plata would notch his first of the night, thanks to a turnover and a quick pass from Brooks Lennon. Plata was off to the races with only defender Nathan Smith to beat, and that’s exactly what he did. Diop went to ground to try and take the ball from him, but Joao easily dribbled around him and tapped it in the net to put the visitors up 6-1 in the 81st.
LA pulled one back in the 89th minute, but it wouldn’t be more than a consolation goal as the 6-2 deficit was too much for them to climb, and that’s how the game would end.
RSL dominated the stats sheet, outshooting the Galaxy 23-14 and 12-5 on target. They jump up to ninth place in the west with 20 points and a record of 6-12-2.
MLS heads into a break for the Gold Cup, and RSL won’t see league play until July 19th when they travel to Portland to take on the Timbers.
Starting lineup: Rimando; Phillips, Maund, Glad, Beltran; Beckerman, Rusnak (Velazco 84’), Mulholland; Plata (Saucedo 82’), Movsisyan (Lennon 71’), Savarino