MLS Game Summary - D.C. at Real Salt Lake|
(Saturday, April 11, 2009)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Real Salt Lake 2, D.C. United 1
Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - Real Salt didn't win consecutive Major League
Soccer fixtures all of last season despite the fact that it qualified for the
playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
But with a 2-1 win over D.C. United at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, this
season's version of the Utah club has already been able to accomplish that
feat just four weeks into the 2009 campaign.
After the two clubs battled to a 1-1 draw through the first 80 minutes of the
game, reigning RSL MVP Javier Morales connected on his first goal of the
season to give his club its second straight home victory after topping
Columbus 4-1 last week.
United (1-1-2) took the first-half lead with striker Luciano Emilio scoring
his third goal of the season in the 38th minute. Winger Fred started the
chance when he controlled the ball in the RSL penalty area, and played a drop
ball to rookie Chris Pontius. Pontius then played a cross into the six-yard
box to Emilio, who nodded a header inside the far post.
Real Salt Lake responded less than two minutes later when Jamison Olave scored
his first goal of the season. Will Johnson started the chance with a throw-in
on the left side to Robbie Findley. Findley then played the ball back to
Johnson, who crossed into the United area where Yura Movsisyan and Olave were
making runs. The ball went just over Movsisyan's head to Olave, who skied over
the defense and powered a header off United goalkeeper Louis Crayton and into
Morales made it 2-1 10 minutes from time when Johnson found Kyle Beckerman in
the offensive third. The rugged midfielder then played a ball into the area to
Findley, who flicked a pass to Morales for the blast.
RSL (2-1-0) is back in action next Saturday when it travels across the country
to take on the New York Red Bulls, while United hosts New England a day
earlier in its next league fixture.
04/11 20:41:47 ET