SANDY (ABC 4 Sports) – Real Salt Lake had no problem creating chances and produced a flurry of shots mostly stonewalled by Minnesota United keeper Bobby Shutteworth until the 84th minute.
On a corner played in by Joao Plata, RSL stopped in it’s tracks calling for a handball on the play. Even Yura Movsisyan was screaming at the fourth official before he found the ball conveniently at his feet in front of the goal, so he put it in the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season.
The goal seemed to confuse everybody including Real head coach Mike Petke.
“No, I haven’t gotten an explanation, not yet, and I don’t think I need an explanation right now,” Petke said. “I turned around; I didn’t see Yura score because I turned around to the fourth official. I felt there was a great deal of calls tonight that weren’t made or called against us when they shouldn’t have been and I thought that was one more. But we got the goal in.”
After giving up 11 goals in its last two games, Real’s defense tightened up, as goalkeeper Nick Rimando had to made just one save in recording the shutout.
“I think we were just really defensively organized,” saide defender Justen Glad. “There was a lot of communication back there and it made it easy when they were making diagonal runs and cutting across the backline, everyone knew what was going on and we could shift with that player and they didn’t really cause any problems because of that.”
Real picks up its first win since May 17th and improves to 5-10-2 on the season. RSL next hits the road to take on San Jose on June 24th.