Real Salt Lake’s search for form faltered once again as they went on the road against LAFC and ruined their chance for points as close to immediately as possible, conceding what might be the earliest goal they’ve ever done.
It took just 20 seconds for RSLto concede, with Cristian Arango combining with RSL academy product Bryce Duke for LAFC’s opener. It was an intensely disorganized way to concede, with Pablo Mastroeni deploying the team with three center backs.
Damir Kreilach leveled the scoreline at 1-1 in the 28th minute with a stupendous goal, taking a beauty of a shot from the top of the box to the top corner at the far post. It was representative of the magic Kreilach has produced at LAFC, but it wasn’t going to mean much for long.
Shortly after LAFC kicked off following Kreilach’s goal, they were once again deep in RSL’s defensive third, and a simple uncontested cross saw Orango scoring his second of the match.
Anderson Julio recovered the scoreline again early in the second half, finishing an opportunity on the counter attack on a stunning breakaway, with Albert Rusnak the provider with a very nicely weighted pass. It was a nice redemption after another one-on-one opportunity that saw him misplace his shot well wide.
The glory of being on level terms wasn’t to last long again, with Toni Datkovic misreading David Ochoa coming out for a ball, then passing it to where Ochoa had been standing, leading to a tragic own goal, with the ball trickling slowly into the back of the net to put LAFC up 3-2.
RSL continued to create chances throughout, but so did LAFC — it was a harried, back-and-forth match with both teams seeking a positive outcome after poor and mixed results looming in recent memory.
Real Salt Lake went into the match with a slew of changes, including a surprising move to play three center backs, ostensibly for a three-man backline, with Donny Toia and Maikel Chang playing at left wing back and right wing back, respectively.