Two first half goals from Christian Ramirez and a hapless attack doomed Real Salt Lake in a 2-0 defeat to Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer action on Wednesday. The loss continues a month-long slide for the Claret and Cobalt as they have two more away matches this month and still only five points earned on the road.
Ramirez scored beautiful goals in the 13th and 30th minute to give LAFC a 2-0 lead as RSL fell behind in what has become a routine akin to Bill Murray’s classic movie, “Groundhog Day,” except it doesn’t get better for RSL and seems to be getting much worse. To add to the loss, RSL had to substitute goalkeeper Nick Rimando at halftime due to injury, but backup Andrew Putna kept a clean sheet in his 45 minutes which included some world class stops on Carlos Vela shots.
RSL still sit in the playoffs at sixth position with 35 points, two points ahead of Vancouver and three points ahead of Seattle. LAFC now sit in a tie for second place with Sporting Kansas City at 39 points each.
There’s no time to sit and think about this loss as they face the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night in Texas for their third game in eight days. Houston currently are 10th in the Western Conference with 27 points and have the luxury of sitting out a full week before facing RSL.
Real Salt Lake need four points from their next two road matches to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot and prove they can earn results away from their home fortress in Utah or they will likely miss the playoffs altogether in spite of their impeccable home record.
Written by Allen Corbin – (@AllenCorbin)