SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – For the third straight home game, Real Salt Lake out-shoots its opponent, but has to settle for a draw.
Despite a red card given to Houston’s Alex midway through the second half, RSL could not find the back of the net and earns one point for the third straight week in a scoreless draw against the Dyanamo at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Real Salt Lake did extend its unbeaten streak to five, but the team definitely wanted to come away with more than three points during this three-game homestand.
“We are a bit frustrated because I think there is a bit more than where we are at right now,” said head coach Mike Petke. ” Who would have thought before, a month ago, that teams would come in here and sit against us? Teams were coming in here and taking it to us and trying to put us under pressure right away, it is a credit to the guys. I take a little bit of the responsibility for not getting the win.”
After an uneventful first half, Real Salt Lake was given an opportunity midway through the second half.
In the 64th minute, Alex’s on-field tussle with Albert Rusnak led to a yellow card. Then just 80 seconds later, Alex went for an airborne ball versus Kyle Beckerman, and left his studs up on a high kick to warrant a second yellow.
But Real could not capitalize on Houston being a man down, failing to put a single shot on goal. RSL outshot the Dynamo, 21-9.
Petke brought on Brooks Lennon, Sebastian Saucedo and Yura Movsisyan in the second half , but they could not provide an offensive spark.
RSL’s defense stood firm in the closing minutes, and Nick Rimando made one save to earn the clean sheet.
“The last two road games we got a win, so we’ve got to be a little bit confident about that.,” said golakeeper Nick Rimando, who built on his MLS record shutout record. “Again, we created enough chances to win this game. I think we’re a little bit frustrated, but we’re not gone. If we continue to keep playing like that and working like that with all those chances, we can sneak a couple in, our heads are going to be up for sure.”
RSL is now 7-12-5 on the season, five points behind Vancouver for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Real next hits the road to face D.C. United next Saturday.
“What do we have, in the 5 games 15 points possible we have 9 points out of 15,” said Petke. “Going into these road trips now when the first question asked was “Are we going to change the way we play on the road?” No actually we are going to have to play the way we are playing and push it a bit more without leaving ourselves vulnerable. I still think there is a great opportunity for us to get where we need to go point-wise to the playoffs based on how the Western Conference is going.”