CINCINNATI (ABC4 Sports) – Albert Rusnák scored two goals, Sam Johnson added another and Real Salt Lake beat expansion FC Cincinnati 3-0 on Friday night.
Real Salt Lake (3-4-1) won for the first time in five road games this season. Cincinnati (2-4-2) is winless in four matches.
“Obviously I’m very pleased,” said head coach Mike Petke. “It’s not about the win. The win was much needed and we wanted it, but it was the way we played. This team has gone through some rough patches, but when we click and we do the things that we work on and talk about and we put it together, we play really well. But we have to have that more consistently.”
Just after dislocating his finger, Rusnák opened the scoring in the 42nd minute. Corey Baird blocked a clearance attempt, settled the loose ball and sent a shot off goalkeeper Spencer Richey’s chest, and Rusnák sent the rebound into the back of the net from the penalty spot.
“I saw my finger was out of place and it was not a question of me not continuing,” Rusnak said. “If it was in my foot – my toe – that would be a different story, but my hand is not that important to the game so I knew I was going to play on. It was just a scared moment and once they put it back in place, that’s when the pain started to kick in. But they taped it and when you score a goal, you don’t feel the pain.”
Rusnák capped the scoring on a penalty kick in the 59th after Jefferson Savarino was taken down at the edge of the 18-yard box.
Johnson scored in first-half stoppage time by finishing a three-shot sequence with a close-range sliding attempt. He scored his first MLS goal on Saturday in a 2-1 victory over Orlando City, helping RSL snap a four-game slide.
Andrew Putna made his first start of the season in place of Nick Rimando, made one save and earned the victory.
“This feels really good,” Putna said. “It feels like a team win for us. I don’t think the other team got a shot on goal the entire game. You have to hand it to the guys from top to bottom. It was just a great win all around. You can’t ask for more from the guys.”
Real Salt Lake next plays at the L.A. Galaxy on Sunday, April 28th.