Real Salt Lake snapped a four-game losing streak, and defeated New York City FC 2-1.
Despite allowing yet another goal in the first five minutes via a converted turnover by NYCFC's Sean Okoli, RSL was able to tighten up its defense late and hold on for its third consecutive win over New York.
Captain Kyle Beckerman and 'keeper Nick Rimando made their returns from injury, and new acquisition Jefferson Savarino made a large impact on the game in his first start for the club.
Quality goals by Albert Rusnák in the 38th minute and Aaron Maund in the 51st minute were the first scores by the team since a 1-3 loss to Atlanta on April 22.
GK Nick Rimando (6): Rimando recorded five saves to break the MLS record for most career saves, according to the team, with 1,479. Beside the tough goal allowed early in the game, that surprised both he and the defense, Rimando was tough in the back, but did not face any more very difficult shots.
D Chris Schuler (3): The centerback spent most of the first hour of play flat-footed, and getting beat on counterattacks and long balls by NYCFC's Maximiliano Moralez. He was not responsible for allowing a goal, but gave up some chances early. He tightened up his defense late in the game.
D Aaron Maund (6.5): In the 51st minute, Maund knocked in a header off of a cross following a corner for his first goal since August 1, 2015. He, along with the rest of the defense, played solid in the back toward the end of the game, but could have recovered a bit quicker on the goal to start the contest.
D Chris Wingert (6): Wingert was hardly noticeable throughout the game, either positive or negative, which is not always a bad thing for a defender. He made a few tackles, and started a couple chances with long passes on offense.
D Justin Schmidt (6): Part of the defense that allowed just the first goal, Schmidt made relatively few impactful plays, but was solid on tackles and was not beaten badly on any passes or runs.
M Albert Rusnák (8): With a rocket of a goal to the right corner in the 38th minute off a Jefferson Savarino pass, and the assist of Maund's goal, Rusnák was a force for RSL's offense until he was subbed off in the last few minutes.
M Kyle Beckerman (5.5): After being involved in a sloppy turnover that led to NYCFC's lone goal, Beckerman was involved in a lot of play, setting up the offense with precise passes. He was active throughout the game, with solid tackles as well.
M Luke Mulholland (6): Mulholland was everywhere on the pitch and likely covered as much, if not more, ground than anyone else on RSL. He completed a lot of passes and had no major mistakes, but made no particularly special plays either.
F Jefferson Savarino (8): Savarino's first home start showed why RSL's coaching staff has such high expectations for this player. Savarino set up the first goal with a cross from the right to Rusnák, and was a terror for the opposing defense all game. With slick dribbling moves on the ball, and quality runs, he looked like one of the fastest and most skilled players on the pitch Wednesday night.
F Yura Movsisyan (3): Movsisyan made little to no positive impact on the game, with no shots on goal and a lazy foul leading to a yellow card. He was subbed out at half.Comment on this story
F Joao Plata (6): Relatively invisible in the first half, Plata made a significant number of runs late in the game, and kept his energy up against a tired defense. One of his runs led to the corner that saw RSL score their second goal.
M Luis Silva (5): After being subbed in for Movsisyan at half, Silva showed a change of energy for the team, and hit a bicycle kick just wide of the right post early in the second half. After that, however, he hardly made any significant impact but did not make any big mistakes either.
M Sunday Stephen (N/A): replaced Albert Rusnák in the 84th minute.
M Omar Holness (N/A): replaced Jefferson Savarino in the 88th minute.