With Freddy Juarez stepping in for the suspended, fined and punished Mike Petke, the Real Salt Lake assistant notched his first-ever win for the club.
It didn’t take long for New York City FC to score, with Alexander Ring finding the back of Nick Rimando’s net in the fifth minute. The goal came less than a minute after Rimando had been forced into a massive save.
Jefferson Savarino scored an equalizer for RSL, capitalizing on a ball won at the midfield stripe by Marcelo Silva with a towering header, and finishing after a Kyle Beckerman pass that put him in an excellent attacking position.
Albert Rusnak put RSL in the lead in the 75th minute with a beautiful shot from distance, beating New York City’s Sean Johnson with a shot that nestled neatly in the back of the net. Putting RSL up 2-1 was big, but the match was hardly over.
With the match nearing completion, Nick Besler, in for an injured Kyle Beckerman, finished a back-heel volley (or something approaching it) from close range, putting away a missed opportunity from Jefferson Savarino. It put the match out of reach for New York City, and it sealed a huge win for Real Salt Lake.