Mar 17, 2018; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake players celebrate a goal scored on a penalty kick shot by midfielder Albert Rusnak (11) against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
Here are three things we learned from Real Salt Lake’s 1-0 win against the New York Red Bulls.
After giving up five goals at home last week, Rusnák was pretty beside himself. He couldn’t pinpoint what exactly had gone wrong, just that the team needed to recollect itself over the next couple of days.
When the team got back to training on Tuesday, the players were all smiles as Rusnák said, “It’s important to have a short term memory.” And with so many games left in the season, it was rather easy to move past.
So as the snow came down in Rio Tinto Stadium, he knew the team was going to get right back on track. Rusnák scored the team’s lone goal in the 4th minute of the game off of a penalty kick.
Rimando hasn’t lost a step
The 39-year-old veteran goalkeeper doesn’t play like he has aged a day over the course of his Major League Soccer career, and he’s a big reason why RSL won. Over the course of Saturday night’s shutout, he registered four saves and came up clutch whenever it looked like the Red Bulls were about to even things up.
For Rimando to earn a shutout after giving up five goals last week showed his resilience and his desire to win — that desire to win is a big part of the reason why Rimando returned to the team this season.
Justen Glad was taking some goal kicks in the first half as Rimando felt a little tweak in his adductor, but he looked sharp down the stretch when it came to defending the goal.
Petke’s message resonated with the team
Head coach Mike Petke was at a loss for words last week. He said most people in his situation should be fired, and he then proceeded to apologize to the fans and to the club’s owner.
But something Petke said he failed to realize is that it wasn’t all bad. After watching the tape against LAFC four times, he was able to pinpoint what exactly went wrong in his team’s efforts — their transition. So in practice this week, he was able to address those things and his guys responded the best they could have by earning a win against his former club. And with it being the third game of the season, Petke has no concerns about his team’s play moving forward.