Real Salt Lake Can’t Overcome Back-To-Back LA Galaxy Goals In Second Half

May 31, 2023, 9:35 PM | Updated: Jun 1, 2023, 10:47 am

SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake fell to the LA Galaxy at home, 3-2, after giving up two quick goals in the second half.

RSL went scoreless in the first half but found life in the second after Danny Musovski and Pablo Ruiz gave the club a 2-1 lead.

Real Salt Lake couldn’t answer after LA scored in the 72nd and 74th minutes.

Reactions To The Loss

Head coach Pablo Matroeni said that there were bright spots for RSL but plays in front of the goal and plays in transition really hurt the clubs chances.

“Transition moments for us were critical today,” Mastroeni said. “I thought for the most part we did a great job. We’re talking about details. I thought we controlled the game—the way we wanted to get after it. We just weren’t clinical in front of the goal today.”

RSL is now 2-2-4 at home in the 2023 MLS season. Mastroeni said that the pressure to win always falls on the home team.

“Every time you don’t win at home, the pressure builds,” Mastroeni said. “The guys want it so bad. When you want it that bad, sometimes your brain gets hijacked by your emotions. It’s finding that balance between being emotionally present whilst still being really clear as to what the game state looks like.”

Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach said that the team is always  looking to be positive and focus on the task at hand.

“After you lose a game, the frustration is there,” Kreilach said. “I think, overall, we played very well. Of course, it hurts. We have another game in three days which means (we need) a short memory.”

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First Half

The opening ten minutes were filled with possession switches. Both RSL and LA struggled to keep the ball for more than a couple of minutes at a time.

Brayan Vera found a quality look from the center of the box in the 10th minute but it missed high. The shot came off of an assist by Braian Ojeda.

The Galaxy led the time of possession early on, but Real Salt Lake applied heavy pressure whenever they had the ball. RSL found themselves in the box multiple times in the first 20 minutes.

Andrés Gómez got behind the Los Angeles defense and took a shot from the left side of the box. Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathon Bond was able to slide in and get the save.

A shot by Braian Ojeda taken from outside the box soared high just minutes later.

After a few possession switches, Jefferson Savarino found himself open on the right side of the box after shaking the defender. His left-footed shot missed to the right of the goal.

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Danny Musovski missed a shot from the center of the box in the 39th minute.

Just before the close of the first half, Damir Kreilach was called for a handball in the penalty area led to a penalty kick by LA. Gastón Brugman put it in the back of the net to give the Galaxy a one-score lead.

Second Half

Real Salt Lake came out swinging in the second half. Kreilach took a shot in the 49th minute but missed to the left.

Danny Musovski put RSL on the board with a header from the center of the box in the 50th minute. The goal was assisted by Jefferson Savarino.

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Andrés Gómez and Danny Musovski were both shown yellow cards for fouls in the 54th and 57th minutes.

Pablo Ruiz scored on a free kick after a yellow card was shown to LA’s Raheem Edwards.

Five minutes after Ruiz’s goal, LA scored two goals in three minutes to regain the lead.

Memo Rodríguez and Tyler Boyd were the goal-scorers for the Galaxy.

RSL made three substitutions in the 80th minute.

Pablo Ruiz was shown a yellow card for a foul in the 83rd minute.

Real Salt Lake couldn’t find any promising opportunities in the closing minutes. Three minutes of stoppage time was added.

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RSL couldn’t find the net after LA’s back-to-back goals and lose by one score, 3-2.

Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy will face off again in exactly one week for the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal.

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Chandler Holt is a Digital Sports Producer for, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter at @ChandlerHoltKSL.

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