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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Albert Rusnák (42', 59' PEN)
  • Sam Johnson (45'+2')

Rusnak scores twice as Real Salt Lake beat FC Cincinnati

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RSL blank FC Cincinnati 3-0 for third win of the season (1:48)

Albert Rusnak scored two for Real Salt Lake as they leave Cincinnati with a comfortable 3-0 win. (1:48)

Albert Rusnak scored twice, including a penalty kick, as Real Salt Lake defeated host FC Cincinnati 3-0 Friday night.

Sam Johnson also scored for Salt Lake and goalkeeper Andrew Putna made one save for his first career shutout in his second start and third appearance.

It was the second consecutive victory for RSL after a four-match losing streak and its first road win of the season. Expansion FC Cincinnati now has a five-match winless streak.

Rusnak, who took over the team lead with four goals this season, opened the scoring in the 42nd minute. Teammate Corey Baird's shot from the left wing was deflected by Cincinnati goalie Spencer Richey and the ball bounced to Rusnak, who was just to the left of the penalty spot. Rusnak's half-volley found the lower right corner of the net.

Johnson doubled the advantage in first-half stoppage time. A shot by Damir Kreilach was stopped by Richey and Baird's rebound shot was deflected off the goal line by a Cincinnati defender. Johnson's leaping side volley from just inside the 6-yard box found the back of the net to make it 2-0 at the half.

Rusnak capped the scoring in the 59th minute with a penalty kick. Mathieu Deplagne conceded the penalty by fouling RSL's Jefferson Savarino.

Richey made three saves for Cincinnati, which outshot RSL 14-10, but put only one of their attempts on goal, by Deplagne. Richey has been filling in for Przemyslaw Tyton, who has been dealing with hamstring tendinitis. Seven of RSL's attempts were on target. Cincinnati also had a 13-1 edge in corner kicks.

Rusnak, Baird and Cincinnati captain Kendall Waston were each issued yellow cards during the match.

Cincinnati dropped to 1-2-1 at Nippert Stadium while RSL improved to 1-3-1 on the road.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 14 +23 31
2 Seattle Sounders FC 13 +8 26
3 Houston Dynamo 11 +8 23
4 LA Galaxy 13 +1 22
5 Minnesota United FC 12 +2 18
6 FC Dallas 13 0 18
7 Real Salt Lake 12 -2 16
8 San Jose Earthquakes 12 -5 14
9 Vancouver Whitecaps 14 -4 14
10 Portland Timbers 11 -8 11
11 Sporting Kansas City 11 0 11
12 Colorado Rapids 12 -13 5

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 13 +11 24
2 DC United 14 +5 24
3 Montreal Impact 14 -4 21
4 Atlanta United FC 12 +4 20
5 New York Red Bulls 13 +3 18
6 New York City FC 11 +3 18
7 Toronto FC 12 +2 17
8 Columbus Crew SC 14 -7 16
9 Chicago Fire 13 +3 16
10 Orlando City SC 13 -1 15
11 New England Revolution 14 -17 12
12 FC Cincinnati 13 -12 11