NEW YORK — The Real Salt Lake players walked up the dugout steps at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night and they had a chance to take a swing at keeping the franchise’s unbeaten streak against New York City FC alive and well.
RSL had claimed a win all three times the teams had met since NYCFC joined the MLS landscape in 2015, including the match here two years ago.
But NYCFC had its own unbeaten streak going, bringing along the league’s best record with four wins and a draw to start the season. And RSL was off to a so-so start.
When the match was over, the streak was over — RSL’s streak.
NYCFC dominated and emerged with a 4-0 victory, leaving behind some hard feelings in the losing locker room.
“We’ve already given up five goals, three goals and now four goals, so I’m not happy with that,” goalkeeper Nick Rimando said after remaining two wins shy of 200 in MLS play. “I think you look around the locker room, they’re not happy with that.
“So I think we have to look in the mirror and see what we’ve got to do better defensively and stop letting in goals, because I’m tired of picking the ball out of the net.”
His team finished 2017 on the upswing, going 8-3-4 in its final 15, missing a chance to pose in the postseason picture by one point. But RSL has begun this 2018 story at 2-3-1. It has scored just six goals to go with the 14 it has surrendered, although it was minus injured defenders Demar Phillips and Marcelo Silva in this one.
“Somewhere along the way from the second part of last year, we kind of forgot certain things,” coach Mike Petke said. “It starts with us, me and the staff, of course, about getting that bite back, …read more
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