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Philadelphia Union 1, Real Salt Lake 2 | 2016 MLS Match Recap

Real Salt Lake came into their game against the Philadelphia Union having not won in more than a month. They ended that drought at Talen Energy Stadium, beating the Union 2-1.

RSL relied on two of their attacking stars on Sunday night, as Joao Plata and Javier Morales provided the goals, both in spectacular fashion.

Plata curled a beautiful ball off the crossbar and into the net at the start of the second half with his team down. Morales floated one of his own over Andre Blake just six minutes later to give his team the lead.

Roland Alberg scored the Union's lone goal, putting away a penalty kick after Aaron Maund pulled down C.J. Sapong in the box.

Box Score

Three Things

  1. GOLAZOS GALORE: Joao Plata came into the game, having not scored since May 28. He ended that drought thanks to one of the nicest goals you'll see this year. His curler gave Andre Blake no chance and his teammate, Javier Morales, came close to one-upping him. The Argentine playmaker floated one over the Jamaican to give RSL the lead.
  2. LEAKY AT THE BACK: Vincent Nogueira was a key cog in the Union's midfield during his entire stay in Philadelphia. Since his departure in June, the Union have had some trouble slowing down opponent attacks.

    They'll have to right the ship soon if they hope to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

  3. RECORD BREAKER: Nick Rimando is maybe the greatest goalkeeper in the history of MLS, despite never winning Goalkeeper of the Year. His longevity was highlighted on Saturday night as he set the record for most MLS starts all-time. His 412th regular season start surpasses Kevin Hartman, who previously held the record.

Next Up

  • PHI: Saturday, August 6th at D.C. United (7 pm ET; MLS LIVE)
  • RSL: Wednesday, August 3rd at Toronto FC (7 pm ET; MLS LIVE in US | TSN, RDS in Canada)
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