Notes & Quotes: Real Salt Lake 3 - 1 New York City FC
New York City FC traveled to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Real Salt Lake, as they looked to continue climbing up the Eastern Conference table after wins over Colorado and Sporting Kansas City.
Coming into the night Dome Torrent made three changes to his starting lineup. Maxi Moralez and Alex Callens were both resting for tonight's match so Valentin Castellanos and Ben Sweat took over their respective roles.
Ebenezer Ofori also found himself back in the Starting XI in place of Keaton Parks, who started the night off on the bench.
As the Road Blues looked to bring home all three points they kicked the night off aggressively, working the ball through the lines, and threatening in the RSL final third.
Alex Ring, who recorded two assists and a goal last week against Sporting Kansas City, continued to show why they call him The Ringleader.
With the help of Anton Tinnerholm, Ring found the back of the net in the fourth minute.
The Ringleader received the ball with his back towards Nick Rimando, taking a touch and hammering the ball past the 'keeper to take the lead, 1-0.
In the 37th minute, the home team responded by scoring a goal of their own to level the score, 1-1, thanks to Jefferson Savarino's emphatic strike.
With another 45 to play, the Boys in Blue came out of the locker room in search of the lead.
Unfortunately, Real Salt Lake was able to strike first in the second half. Albert Rusnák scored in the 75th minute with a thunderous strike to the near corner as the home team took the lead for the first time in the night, 2-1.
With his last substitution, Torrent put Gary Mackay-Steven into the attack to bring the ball forward and to try to find the equalizer.
However, it was Real Salt Lake who found the final decisive goal with two minutes remaining through Nick Besler.
City appealed for offside but Besler was adjudged to have been in front of the last defender when he flicked home a loose ball at the back post.
Although NYCFC's night started brightly, they weren't able to hold on to the lead and slipped to a fourth defeat of the season.
New York City FC Head Coach Doménec Torrent
On the game...
"We played really well the first 15-20 minutes. After that, they won every single ball, the intensity and we could not compete defensively tonight against Salt Lake. Everyone knows that it's difficult to play here, it's always the same. We were able to win against Colorado. It's not an excuse, it's reality and it's not easy to play here. They played much better. I have to accept that they won the duels. They play with more intensity, they played in between the lines. We started to play compact but after 20 minutes, we had more space in the middle. That is why they played in between the lines. I was saying at halftime, we'll have to be brave, play short but we started to play long balls. The faster you play, the faster the ball is coming. I have to accept they played much better than us in this game."
New York City FC Defender James Sands
On change of energy after 15 minutes...
"I think we got the goal early, which was nice, but after that we really lost control of the game. I think we probably should have been a little smarter because it's a tough place to play. We're away. We have a lot of games coming up we maybe should have brought some more players back to defend [and make] it a little easier on ourselves, but we didn't and it cost us."
On satisfaction level of performance...
"It definitely wasn't good enough from anyone. I would say that altitude was tough, but really not an acceptable excuse at this point. We played at Colorado, we proved we can do it. I think everyone just lacked a little bit of energy and intensity. It hurt us. We just have to come back stronger for our game on Thursday."
New York City FC Goalkeeper Sean Johnson
"I'd say we had control of the game to start, but after the first 15 minutes, we gave up a little bit control and possession for them. Then, we then conceded the first goal right before halftime to make it 1-1. In the second half of the game, they were the better team and we didn't make the adjustments necessary to deal with them. We didn't do enough overall. There's no reason why we should walk out of here with a 3-1 loss."
On the attitude heading into the locker room at half time..
"We should have been up 1-0 at half, so obviously we were coming in [to the locker room] unhappy with a 1-1 result. I think we should have finished the half at 1-0, but they came and scored late in the half. We tried to make a few small adjustments, but we weren't able to do what was necessary to get the results."
Real Salt Lake 3 - 1 New York City FC
Saturday, August 3, 2019
2019 MLS Regular Season - Game 21
Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Aaron Herrera, Marceloa Silva, Justen Glad, Donny Toia; Kyle Beckerman (80' Kyle Beckerman), Everton Luiz, Corey Baird (76' Sebastian Saucedo), Albert Rusnak (83' Joao Plata), Jefferson Savarino; Damir Kreilach
SUBS UNUSED: David Ochoa, Nedum Onuoha, Brooks Lennon, Tate Schmitt
New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Maxime Chanot, James Sands, Ben Sweat (17' Sebastien Ibeagha); Anton Tinnerholm, Alex Ring, Ebenezer Ofori (78' Gary Mackay-Steven), Ronald Matarrita; Valentin Castellanos. (64' Keaton Parks), Héber, Alexandru MitriÈÄ
SUBS UNUSED: Brad Stuver, Eric Miller, Jesus Medina, Tony Rocha
4' - NYC - Alex Ring (Assisted by: Anton Tinnerholm)
37' - RSL - Jefferson Savarino (Assisted by: Kyle Beckerman, Albert Rusnak)
75' - RSL - Albert Rusnak (Assisted by: Kyle Beckerman)
88' - RSL - Nick Besler (Assisted by: Jefferson Savarino)
27' - NYC - James Sands (YC - Unsporting Behavior)
45'+2' - RSL - Everton Luiz (YC - Unsporting Behavior)
68' - RSL - Kyle Beckerman (YC - Unsporting Behavior)
74' - NYC - Alex Ring (YC - Unsporting Behavior)
90'+2' - NYC - Ronald Matarrita (YC - Unsporting Behavior)
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