SANDY — Jefferson Savarino and Albert Rusnak each had a goal and an assist in Real Salt Lake’s 3-2 victory over 10-man D.C. United on Saturday night.
RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando earned his 200th career MLS regular season victory. In the process, he extended his records for wins, starts and minutes. Rimando also holds the record for shutouts.
“It always comes down to the three points and I wouldn’t want somebody on my team who would rather have personal glory then three points,” RSL head coach Mike Petke said. “The last thing I said (before the kickoff) was three points for the team, 200 wins for Nick and you could tell that he didn’t want to hear that. That’s the credit to Nick. Three points are great and obviously, it’s a special night for Nick; not just for Nick, but for all of us. The players, the organization. Nick represents this organization and anytime he can be recognized is phenomenal.”
“It’s special for sure,” Rimando said. “I’ve got to give not just myself credit, but all my team mates that I’ve played with credit. I don’t win games by myself that’s clear for sure and those guys out there today fought hard for me and I share it with them, but also a lot of teammates in the past. The longevity of my play, the consistency of my play, the trust that I get from my teammates and the coaches I take a lot of pride in that. To play this many years and to get to 200 is special.”
D.C. United went down a man in the 22nd minute when Joseph Mora was initially shown a yellow card for a violent tackle, but was then sent off after video review.
Corey Baird’s header tied it at 1 a minute earlier for RSL (4-5-1), and Rusnak made it 2-1 in the 26th with a right-footed shot that split through several United defenders. Jefferson Savarino added a third for Salt Lake, slotting a well-timed chip past goalkeeper Steve Clark in the 56th.
“Corey had a phenomenal goal, same with Savarino, same with Albert,” Petke said. “Sometimes it’s a coin flip unfortunately. Those three guys took their chances tonight and put away some pretty nice goals and perhaps we could’ve had one of two more.”
Paul Arriola opened the scoring in the ninth minute for D.C. United (1-5-2).
Steve Birnbaum’s header brought United within one with in the 83rd minute.