A win Friday night over the Colorado Rapids was a big accomplishment for Real Salt Lake, but the night was even more significant for two of its biggest stars.
Despite missing two penalty kicks, RSL came away with the 2-1 win thanks to a two-goal performance from Yura Movsisyan. Colorado’s Shkelzen Gashi stayed hot with a goal in the match, his third in the last five games.
Having played 90 minutes in the match, Kyle Beckerman became the field player with the most minutes in MLS history. Nick Rimando also reached a major milestone, breaking the record for all-time MLS appearances. Friday night was his 417th, which passed Kevin Hartman. Rimando already holds the record for most wins in MLS history.
The win was also important for RSL’s playoff run. The team shot up to second in the Western Conference, passing the Rapids and landing within two points of leaders FC Dallas.
Despite going down early to Gashi’s rebound goal, RSL gained more than enough control of the match in the second half and late stages of the first half. Movsisyan leveled things in the 39th minute with a near-post tap-in.
Just two and a half minutes into the first half, Movsisyan scored a much more spectacular goal from the top of the 18-yard box.
Movsisyan was at the center of everything for RSL in this game. In fact, he had a chance to make it a hat trick but missed it. In the 57th minute, Movsisyan put his penalty kick wide of the left post. When another penalty kick was called in the 83rd minute, Javier Morales stepped up and knocked it over the bar.
Real Salt Lake stays home for a midweek match against the LA Galaxy. The Rapids move on to face the New England Revolution next Saturday.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Without the earlier production from Yura Movsisyan, this might have been a much different match for Real Salt Lake. Movsisya’s two goals bought them the win.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
The most spectacular moment of this match was Yura Movsisyan‘s second goal, a rocket to the far post that traveled too quickly for Tim Howard to reach it.
MATCH TO FORGET
The normally-stout Rapids backline had a rough night on Friday. Conceding two goals doesn’t seem so bad, but the pair of penalties were a sign of a team that was just a step slow on Friday night.