RSL sealed their third straight road victory — and sixth straight unbeaten game as they edged out last-place D.C. United 1-0 in a wild game that spanned two days thanks to a severe weather delay.
RSL went through an injury scare in the 9th minute after Albert Rusnak’s head was struck by Jared Jeffrey’s elbow during a duel. Rusnak stayed down for an extended period — around two minutes — but the attacking midfielder returned to play.
Around the 30th minute, a lightning delay was called. Hardly ideal.
That delay turned into a full-on postponement as torrential rains in Washington, D.C. pummeled RFK Stadium. The game was scheduled to resume on Sunday at 5 PM MT.
It isn’t the worst thing in the world, as RSL seemed to be on the back foot for most of the 28 minutes that were played, with D.C. controlling a lot of the game’s tempo.
With the weather looking quite a bit better, the game continued in the 29th minute with a corner kick from Luciano Acosta.
In what felt like an incredibly short half, with only 16 minutes played, D.C. had a couple fantastic chances on goal which produced a huge save from Rimando and a ball bouncing off the crossbar as well.
Both teams went back into the locker room deadlocked at 0-0.
RSL, determined to improve in the second half, did just that as they came out swinging and opened the scoring in the 64th minute. Luis Silva scored his second goal of the season off a beautiful volley to put the visitors up 1-0.
Both teams traded chances back and forth for the remainder of the half, but it was RSL who would hold onto the lead and steal all three points for the first time ever at RFK Stadium.
While the teams seemed on relatively equal footing throughout the second half, it was United who ended up with the most shots overall, outshooting the visitors 13-11, although RSL had more shots on frame with five, to D.C.’s three.
RSL remains in eighth place with 29 points, just two points behind seventh-place Vancouver. D.C. stays in last place in the east and in the league table.