SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - Real Salt Lake finally scored its first goal of the season, but still could not pick up its first victory.
Yura Movsisyan found the back of the net for the first time this season in the first half against the L.A. Galaxy, but after captain Kyle Beckerman was issued a second yellow card just before halftime, RSL had to play the entire second half with 10 men, and the Galaxy took advantage.
RSL (0-2-1) got out to a commanding start, putting the Galaxy on its heels early and creating multiple chances within the first 20 minutes. Real broke through in the 18th minutes on a beautiful feed from Albert Rusnak to Movsisyan, whose snap header beat Galaxy goalkeeper Clement Diop for the first goal of the game.
The match turned on its head near the end of halftime when Beckerman was sent off after a late challenge near midfield for his second yellow card.
The second half brought physical and tactical play from both sides. The RSL dam finally broke in the 70th minute when the Galaxy was able to level the match through a thunderous David Romney volley from a Romain Alessandrini corner kick.
The winner came just four minutes later when a failed clearance from RSL found the feet of Alessandrini, who slid the ball across the face of goal to Emmanuel Boateng who tucked the ball home from seven yards.
RSL was obviously disappointed in the result, and didn't feel like the referee didn't do them any favors.
“I don’t know what was said out there," said head coach Jeff Cassar. "Must have been something, but it’s sad. I am disappointed for the fans who came out to see a good entertaining game. Anytime when someone leaves the field, there were ten of those fouls on the other side and there were no cards. We are not going to complain about it but it was poor. It was poor. I feel bad for our fans. I feel bad for the players.”
"It's my fourth year in the league playing for this club," said midfielder Luke Mulholland. "We're a small market club and we never expect to get any favors whether we're home or away. That's how it always feels. It always feels like 9 times out of 10 we're going against the referee. So, it's disappointing, but I've got to be careful so i don't get in any trouble."
Real Salt Lake next faces the Red Bulls in New York on March 25th.
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