WASHINGTON, D.C. (ABC4 Sports) – It took two days, but Real Salt Lake is leaving Washington, D.C. with three points.
Luis Silva scored his second goal of the season in the 64th minute as RSL held off D.C. United, 1-0, to extend its unbeaten streak to six straight games.
The match started on Saturday, but was delayed in the 29th minute because of a torential downpour that flooded RFK Stadium.
“The guys were focused,” said RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who recorded his 7th shutout of the season an 135th of his career. “[RSL head coach] Mike [Petke] did a good job, and the staff, to keep us focused and it worked because we got those three points today. It’s a bit of a weird situation. But it gives us time to get organized and know right from the start what we’re gonna deal with.”
“As a team, we fought towards the end,” Silva said. “Every single ball I think we challenged, which shows a lot of character from our team going forward. I think we gotta put this one away and look forward to the next away game.”
After both teams struggled to find scoring opportunitites, Silva slammed home a curling volley past D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid for the game’s first and ultimately only goal, dashing hopes of his former club.
“A goal is a goal,” Silva said. “I’ll take a goal against any team. But, most important I think is the three points.”
Real Salt Lake placed four shots on goal, compared to three for D.C. United.
This was Real’s third straight victory away from home and first ever at RFK Stadium.
With the victory, Real improves to 8-12-5 on the season and moves to within three points of San Jose for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
“The fight was there from start to finish,” said RSL captain Kyle Beckerman. “We had to make sure we had that as a standard, cause the field wasn’t exactly perfect. [United is] a good team at home, so we knew it was gonna be very difficult and they were able to keep us from getting a lot of chances. But, what a great goal by Luis and we were able to just stick it in there and keep fighting to the end.”
RSL next plays at Montreal on August 19th at 5:30 p.m. mountain time.