Real Salt Lake scored six goals in a league match for just the second time in franchise history and became the second team in MLS history to score six against the LA Galaxy in a stunning 6-2 victory on Independence Day evening at the StubHub Center.
Jefferson Savarino hit a pair of second-half goals. Ablert Rusnak, Kyle Beckerman, Yura Movsisyan and Joao Plata each added one goal apiece. Four of Salt Lake's six strikes came after halftime as the Claret and Cobalt halted a two-game losing skid.
LA previously lost 6-3 to FC Dallas in 2009, the same year that RSL routed the New England Revolution 6-0. Movsisyan scored for RSL in that match, also.
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- 36' - RSL - Albert Rusnak Watch
- 41' - LA - Ashley Cole Watch
- 45'+1' - RSL - Kyle Beckerman Watch
- 62' - RSL - Yura Movsisyan Watch
- 72' - RSL - Jefferson Savarino Watch
- 77' - RSL - Jefferson Savarino Watch
- 80' - RSL - Joao Plata Watch
- 87' - LA - Bradford Jamieson Watch
- EVEN MORE HISTORY: With the victory, Real Salt Lake became the first team to win and lose by a 6-2 margin in the same season, having succumbed to a loss by the same score to FC Dallas on June 3. Meanwhile, the loss was not LA’s worst-ever defeat: That came in a 5-0 defeat at the New England Revolution on June 3, 2013.
- THAT LOOKS (SORTA) FAMILIAR: After Beckerman put RSL ahead from a corner kick in first-half stoppage time, he mimicked former Galaxy striker Robbie Keane’s famous tumbling, gun-shooting goal celebration, albeit with some artistic license. Keane is tied for second with Edson Buddle for the Galaxy’s most goals league against RSL with five, and has seven in all competitions. Landon Donovan had nine in the league his career. Beckerman now has three career league goals against the Galaxy.
- PAGING MR. JONES: Any hopes that Jermaine Jones make his long-awaited return for the Galaxy were dashed before kickoff when he was not listed on Curt Onalfo’s subs bench. The 35-year-old US international’s absence for a Grade 2 MCL strain is now guaranteed to stretch beyond two full months from his last appearance on May 6. His midfield presence certainly would’ve proven useful for the woeful Galaxy on Tuesday.