SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The losing streak is finally over.
Albert Rusnak and Aaron Maund each scored goals, while Nick Rimando became the all-time saves leader in MLS history, as Real Salt Lake ended a 4-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over NYCFC at snowy Rio Tinto Stadium.
This was Real’s first victory since April 15th, and it snapped RSL’s longest losing streak in six years.
However, RSL fell in an early hole once again as Sean Okoli capitalized on an RSL turnover and scored in the 4th minute to give New York a 1-0 lead.
But that was the only goal Nick Rimando surrendered, who became the all-time saves leader in MLS history with 1,475.
Albert Rusnak scored the equalizer in the 39th minute on a left-footed blast from just outside the box for his third goal of the season. That goal snapped a 329-minute scoreless streak dating back to April 22nd.
Real then took the lead in the 51st minute as Aaron Maund headed in his first goal of the year off of a Rusnak corner kick to make it 2-1.
Rimando came up with a spectacular save a few minutes later when he stopped David Villa’s shot to preserve the lead.
“I think after going down early they had a different mentality tonight,” said head coach Mike Petke. “Not that they weren’t angry before when we gave up these goals, but you could see something a little different tonight.”
“We’ve been putting in the work so the work showed today,” added Rimando. “Even though we went down 1-0, I think you saw the pride that we took and we’ve got to take that confidence into Seattle.”
RSL was bolstered by the return of Rimando, Maund, Luke Mulholland and captain Kyle Beckerman, who were all out with injuries over the last few weeks.
“The team spirit and the attitude and the hard work paid off for us,” said Rusnak. “So I’m glad that we broke that four game run without a win and finally got a win.”
RSL improves to 3-7-2 on the year. They next hit the road Saturday at Seattle.