SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Real Salt Lake has found the magic again in their home stadium.
After dropping its first two games of the year at America First Field, RSL won its second straight match Saturday night, cruising past San Jose, 3-1.
Jasper Loffelsend, Jefferson Savarino, and Andres Gomez each tallied a goal as RSL improved to 3-5-0 on the year.
RSL never trailed while notching its second straight victory at home. After scoring one goal in its first two home matches, RSL has totaled six goals in its last two victories at America First Field.
“Through all the hardship we’ve been going through, there are a lot of silver linings in our performances,” head coach Pablo Mastroeni. “It’s great to put three very good performances back to back. It feels good, and I think it validates all the work.”
Real Salt Lake outshot San Jose, 13-10, and put six shots on frame compared to four for the Quakes.
San Jose (4-3-2, 14 points) came up short in securing its first road win of the season. The Earthquakes have tallied just one point in four road matches.
Real Salt Lake pressed the attack throughout the first half, and it paid off just before halftime. The Utah club had a 7-1 advantage in total shots during the first 45 minutes and put three balls on frame.
RSL finally broke through in the 39th minute on Loffelsend’s goal. Danny Musovski laid the ball off to him as he streaked toward the goal. Loffelsend blasted a right-footer from the right side of the box, bouncing the ball off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.
It marked the first time in eight matches this season that Salt Lake scored the game’s first goal.
San Jose found an equalizer in the 49th minute on Cristian Espinoza’s sixth goal of the season. Espinoza angled a free kick past a two-man wall toward the left post. Rubio Rubin slid over to try to poke the shot away but could not get his foot on the ball before it crossed the line.
Savarino put RSL back in front in the 54th minute. He split two defenders and blasted the ball from outside the box to give Salt Lake a 2-1 lead.
Gomez added an insurance goal in the 80th minute, his first of the season. He curled the ball into the far post from outside the top of the box. Gomez’s shot pinged off the post and found the back of the net.
RSL will try to win its third straight at home next Saturday when they host Seattle Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The Sounders are tied atop the Western Conference with a record of 6-2-1.