Washington • For the first time in nine MLS matches at RFK Stadium, Real Salt Lake left with a win, defeating last place United 1-0.
Officials stopped the originally scheduled Saturday match in the 29th minute due to a severe storm in the area that left the RFK pitch unplayable for the evening. The game resumed Sunday with a United corner kick, starting from the 29th minute.
After 64 minutes of play and almost 24 hours of delay, forward Luis Silva gave Real Salt Lake the win it needed to break its three-game winless streak. After Joao Plata hit a free kick from about 25 yards away, Silva sprinted to make a play inside the box. Capitalizing on a poor clear by midfielder Marcelo Sarvas, Silva ripped a shot from just inside the 18 and into the back of the net.
At halftime, RSL was again outshot by its opponent, and trailed United 8-2 in shots in the first half. Despite a strong possessive performance in the midfield led by midfielder Albert Rusnak and captain Kyle Beckerman, RSL failed to convert where it counted in the final third during the first half, but came out on top thanks to the Silva goal.
Goalkeeper Nick Rimando was able to hold off a pressure-packed United offense, who were enjoying a new fire from their recent transfer-deadline trades. Rimando finished the night with three saves.