Real Salt Lake came from behind in the second half to earn a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo. The win feeds Salt Lake's red hot start, while the loss for Houston continues a disappointing beginning to the season.
The Dynamo got on the scoresheet first when Giles Barnes reset a play in the penalty area and found Leonel Miranda at the top of the eighteen. Miranda's shot took a deflection off Jamison Olave's arm, and Nick Rimando never had a chance to get there.
Salt Lake roared back with an equalizer and the go-ahead goal in quick succession. Justen Glad picked up his first career assist with a nice turn at the top of the penalty area to feed Jordan Allen for a rocket that was his second career goal and the equalizer. Eight minutes later, RSL turned possession into a great team goal ending the sequence with Demar Phillips sending a great low cross into the penalty area from the wing that Yura Movsisyan slid into.
RSL defender Aaron Maund had to leave the match in the 36th minute with a right hamstring strain, and was replaced by Olave.
- 54' - HOU - Leonel Miranda (Giles Barnes)
- 62' - RSL -Jordan Allen (Justen Glad)
- 70' - RSL - Yura Movsisyan (Demar Phillips)
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- ALLEN THROWS A WRENCH IN IT: RSL may still be looking for the ideal position for this jack-of-all-trades Homegrown player, but in his second start as a forward this season Allen found the back of the net for the first time. Last season saw him score just once in 23 appearances, could this be the start of him finding his footing?
- HOUSTON MAY HAVE A PROBLEM: The Dynamo are now on a six match winless streak, earning only one point over that stretch. The last time the men in orange went this long without a win was a stretch from May to July in 2014 where they went winless in eight.
- RIMANDO PUTS HIS BEST FACE FORWARD: Rimando's double save to keep RSL in the lead will certainly get a Save of the Week nomination, but it was also notable for his deft use of his face to keep out the rebound. Salt Lake announcer Brian Dunseth worked in a Scott Sterling reference; you should watch this video if that went over your head.
They Said It
Houston coach Owen Coyle: "Nick Rimando's probably already had the save of season." #RSL— Chris Kamrani (@chriskamrani) May 1, 2016
- RSL: Saturday at Colorado Rapids (9 pm ET, MLS LIVE)
- HOU: Saturday vs. Sporting Kansas City (8:30 pm ET, MLS LIVE)