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RSL wins at home against Houston; last-place Utah Royals rally

RSL wins at home against Houston; last-place Utah Royals rally

RSL wins at home against Houston; last-place Utah Royals rally

Real Salt Lake pulled off a wild 3-2 home win against Houston. The Dynamo scored first, but RSL’s relentless high pressing forced multiple turnovers in dangerous areas and RSL created multiple chances. In the first half, Chicho Arango’s header bounced off the ground, sailed over the crossbar and hit the bar. In the second half, Andres Gomez had a ball cleared off the goal line, Emeka Eneli missed the target and Dynamo goalkeeper Steve Clark came off his line to stop Matt Crooks and Chicho in one-on-one situations right in front of goal. On this edition of Talkin’ Real, head coach Pablo Mastroeni explains why creating the chances was the key to the win and the tactical adjustment that allowed Gomez to score the team’s first goal.

Plus, we look at the one thing RSL has to do to beat an Atlanta team that should be tired and will probably have to rotate its starting lineup a lot.

The Utah Royals are in last place in the NWSL with the fewest wins (2 tied with Seattle), the fewest goals (7), and the fewest points (8). The Royals have been shut out 9 times in the first 15 games, so they are shaking things up. Team president Michelle Hyncik was reassigned and head coach Amy Rodriguez was relieved of her duties. The Royals held a press conference where general manager Kelly Cousins ​​addressed several key questions including whether Amy Rodriguez was involved in drafting players and whether there was enough talent on the roster to win. And, more importantly, is there enough elite talent on offense to score goals? Cousins’ short answers are yes, she did, yes there is, and she believes there is. Her longer answers are here on this edition of Talkin’ Real.

The Utah Royals return to action on Sunday in Seattle. The Reign are in second-to-last place, just two points ahead of the Royals, so Utah climbed out of the cellar with a win. Watch Sunday’s game at 4 p.m. on KMYU.

Real Salt Lake returns to action on Saturday night at 7:30 at home against Atlanta. This is the fifth meeting between the clubs and RSL has a 1-3 record against Atlanta United and 1-1 at home.