NEW YORK CITY (ABC4 Sports) – It has been feast or famine for Real Salt Lake so far this season.
For the third time this season, RSL gave up three or more goals, in a 4-0 blowout loss to Eastern Conference leading New York City FC Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
“We were playing an extremely good team,” said head coach Mike Petke. “That’s why they’re at the top of the league. Hats off to them. The pace of their play and their urgency outmatched us tonight for sure.”
After Luis Silva was denied a magnificent scoring chance by NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson in the opening minutes, Ismael Tajouri found the corner of the net from the top of the box to open the floodgates for New York City.
Justen Glad was called for a foul in the box, taking down Maxi Moralez, who then beat Nick Rimando on the subsequent penalty kick to make it 2-0.
Then in the 41st minute, Jesus Medina found Jo Inge Berget for a breakaway opportunity, and Berget booted it past Rimando to make it 3-0 at the half.
NYCFC padded its lead in the second half, as Ebenezer Ofori scored in the 70th minute for the final tally.
“We started the game badly,” said RSL midfielder Albert Rusnak. “Then, after a 3-0 first half, it’s tough to come back. We tried to fight the second half and tried to get a goal, but New York City was better today and fully deserved the win.”
“It’s a lot of things,” said captain Kyle Beckerman. “We have to figure it out. It’s a tough thing to swallow but we have to look in the mirror. We have to watch it and see where we have to improve, see if we did anything good and try to do that again and just fix mistakes and try to improve. Whether we won tonight, tied or lost we have to get better. So hopefully we can learn from today and push on to next game.”
Sebastian Saucedo and Pablo Ruiz both saw action for RSL and put shots on frame, but could not convert.
Real Salt Lake (2-3-1) now has ten days off before hosting Colorado on April 21st at Rio Tinto Stadium.