Albert Rusnak converted a penalty kick in the fourth minute, and Nick Rimando made sure that single goal was enough as Real Salt Lake outlasted the New York Red Bulls 1-0 on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
The match ended in a driving snowstorm.
Rusnak got RSL on the board early. The penalty was called when New York forward Carlos Rivas pulled down defender David Hurst in the box, after which Rusnak went low and to the left of Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles to find the net.
The Red Bulls (1-1-0) outshot RSL 9-6 and owned a 4-3 edge in shots on target. New York also owned advantages in total passes (440-285), passing accuracy (76 percent-58 percent), possession (60.5 percent-39.5 percent), and tackles won (19-13).
Real Salt Lake (1-1-1) wound up with four yellow cards.
Real Salt Lake also owned the most important statistic, goals scored, thanks to four saves by Rimando, who earned his first shutout of the year and the 138th of his MLS career that began in Miami in 2000.
Robles was credited with two saves.
The loss was New York’s first in six matches across all competitions to open the 2018 season.
The Red Bulls head home to battle Minnesota United on March 24. Real Salt Lake returns to the pitch on March 30 when it travels to reigning MLS Cup champion Toronto FC.
—Field Level Media