On second-half goals by Juan Pablo Angel and Dave van den Bergh, the New York Red Bulls defeated Real Salt Lake, 2-1, at Giants Stadium Saturday night, rallying from a 1-0 deficit to take the full three points for the second time this season.
The Red Bulls improved to 8-1-3 at the Meadowlands this year, while Real Salt Lake, which is undefeated in 12 games at home, is now 1-9-2 outside of Salt Lake City.
Real Salt Lake went in front, 1-0, in the 38th minute when Robbie Findley flicked in a service by Chris Wingert and freed Yura Movsisyan in on goal. Movsisyan outran Gabriel Cichero and tapped the ball with the outside of his right foot to the left of Red Bulls goalkeeper Jon Conway.
It was Movsisyan's third goal in the last five games.
Movsisyan was unfortunate not to have a second first-half goal when he took a pass from Javier Morales and took a touch around Conway. But Movsisyan's shot sailed over the crossbar in the first minute of first-half stoppage time.
The Red Bulls equalized four minutes into the second half when Angel received a long ball over the top of the RSL defense by Kevin Goldthwaite. The Red Bulls captain got around Jamison Olave, who went down on contact, and slotted the ball inside the far post. It was Angel's ninth goal of the year and seventh in his last nine games.
Conway was called into action on 56 minutes when he was forced to dive to his left to save Will Johnson's well-struck shot from 22 yards out.
The Red Bulls put intense pressure in the RSL defensive third just after the hour mark and were rewarded with the go-ahead goal by van den Bergh. Cichero whiffed on a shot attempt and Dane Richards' shanked shot fell right to van den Bergh, who hugged the offside line and beat Nick Rimando inside the far post for his sixth goal of the year.
A minute earlier, a dummy by Magee allowed Angel to latch on to a pass from Richards, but Rimando made a diving stop. Rimando also stopped Goldthwaite's point-blank header On the ensuing corner kick.
Movsisyan came inches away from tying the game in the 75th minute, but his shot from 16 yards out deflected off Conway's hand and the near post. He also fired a shot from distance over the crossbar in the first of four minutes of second-half stoppage time.
Findley had the game's first quality scoring chance, but he put his attempt from 16 yards out off the outside of the near post in the 14th minute. Four minutes later Mike Magee headed van den Bergh's cross from the left side over the net from just outside the six-yard box.
In the 27th minute, Movsisyan got behind the Red Bulls defense, but he put his shot wide of the target. The Red Bulls came right down the field and Richards' low shot just missed the mark.
With nearly a full allotment of players, Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio went with his familiar 3-5-2 formation at home. Returning to the team were Goldthwaite (suspension), Jorge Rojas (international duty) and Magee (staph infection).
With Seth Stammler rested because of a bone bruise in his right knee, Rojas played deeper in the midfield with Juan Pietravallo, Magee was used as an attacking midfielder and John Wolyniec, who has scored five goals in the last three reserve games, played up front with Angel.
With Fabian Espindola out with a severely sprained right ankle Jason Kreis started Findley up front with Movsisyan. Williams returned from international duty to play in the midfield and Robbie Russell started in RSL's back four, with Wingert, Nat Borchers and Olave.
Jeff Parke, who has been hampered with right ankle injuries, came off in the 53rd minute for Chris Leitch in Osorio's first substitution. In the 25th minute Parke had his right ankle stepped on by Will Johnson.
Carlos Mendes replaced Magee in the 59th minute for the Red Bulls' second substitution.
Clint Mathis, the all-time leading scorer in Red Bulls history, made his return to Giants Stadium, coming on for Andy Williams in the 59th minute. Kenny Deuchar replaced Findley in the 78th minute for Kreis' second change and Ian Joy came on for Russell five minutes from full time for RSL's final change.
Dylan Butler is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.