Pablo Ruiz scores a stunning goal in his OWN HALF as Real Salt Lake beat DC United 2-1 and Wayne Rooney’s side lose a second game in a row
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Pablo Ruiz scored a sensational goal just inside his own half as visiting Real Salt Lake continued their solid away form with a 2-1 win over DC United at 10 on Saturday night.
Early in the second half, Danny Musovski added what was the game-winning goal for Salt Lake (6-7-5, 23 points), which completed a season-best fourth road win of the season. of the MLS.
Ruiz’s memorable goal was his fourth, leveling the team leader for Claret and Cobalt, who scored multiple goals in their four away wins.
It was only Salt Lake’s second MLS victory in 12 all-time visits to Washington.
Chris Durkin scored his second goal of the season for DC United, which lost consecutive games for the first time since March.
Pablo Ruiz was mobbed by his teammates for his sensational goal for Real Salt Lake
DC United goalkeeper Tyler Miller tries desperately to prevent Ruiz’s incredible strike
The hosts played the last 64 minutes shorthanded after defender Steven Birnbaum was sent off for a foul on Musovski who was deemed to have denied an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
Despite Birnbaum’s ejection, DC (6-8-5, 23 points) created more chances than RSL in the first half until a magical moment from Ruiz changed everything.
As Salt Lake rallied near midfield, Ruiz took a pass from Andrew Brody, looked up and noticed DC keeper Tyler Miller off his line.
From there, with his third touch, Ruiz unleashed a left-footed shot from a pace or two inside his own side of the center board that traveled about 60 yards above the retreating Miller and in the upper right corner of the goal.
Musovski doubled RSL’s lead six minutes into the second half after a turnover from DC’s Lewis O’Brien. Jasper Loffelsend played the ball down the right side to Andres Gomez, who drove a low cross towards the near post.
It was there that Musovski met the ball, hammering it in stride on his first touch past Miller and inside the right post.
Durkin salvaged a goal almost immediately for DC, taking a layoff from Ruan inside the penalty area and finishing ahead of Zac MacMath.
But the home side struggled to generate many equalizing opportunities from there with their penalty kill.
Elsewhere in MLS, New York City FC drew 1-1 with Columbus, New England beat Orland 3-1 while LAFC beat Sporting KC 2-1 and Nashville beat St Louis 2-1.