Aug 11, 2018; Sandy, UT, USA; Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti (10) and Real Salt Lake forward Jefferson Savarino (7) battle for the ball during the first half at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
SANDY, Utah — Here are three things we learned from Real Salt Lake’s 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact.
1. RSL needs to find its stride
With just 10 games left on the schedule, Real Salt Lake can’t begin to falter, but after allowing a goal from outside the box in the 55th minute, RSL did just that — it faltered. Starting a tough span of three games in eight days, a draw with the Montreal Impact wasn’t exactly how Real wanted to get things going.
With the road struggles RSL has encountered this season, it can’t afford to let home points slip away — Real has a 1-8-2 road record. Real’s holding on to that sixth place spot in the standings, so if the team wants a shot at making the playoffs, RSL’s going to have to tighten up its play both at home and on the road.
2. Plata is an important asset to RSL
Joao Plata is continuing to prove why he’s a instrumental part to this Real Salt Lake squad. Throughout the early minutes of Saturday’s match against Montreal, Plata created numerous scoring opportunities for not only himself, but for his teammates, too. Though he may have missed the mark or been blocked a couple of times, he didn’t let a penalty go to waste.
After drawing enough contact to warrant a foul in the box, Plata stepped up to take the penalty. He scored the first goal of the game for RSL as Montreal’s goalie Evan Bush guessed wrong and dove the opposite of direction.
3. Beckerman gives credit
While Real had plenty of decent looks and chances to score a game-winning goal, RSL ultimately couldn’t connect not because it was misplacing or mistiming strikes, but because Montreal’s goalkeeper Evan Bush kept perfectly timing his dives. Despite allowing a penalty, Bush made sure to not let it affect the way he protected the goal the rest of the game as he finished with five saves. After the game, Kyle Beckerman made sure to give him credit, even though Beckerman felt he should have scored in the game.
“He made some unbelievable saves when they really needed it,” Beckerman said. “Credit to him. We asked a lot of him and he had the answers.”