Worst 4th of July match ever.
LA were maddeningly close to scoring the opener in the 16th minute when Emmanuel Boateng broke through RSL’s lines on a breakaway and successfully chipped Nick Rimando, but defender Aaron Maund was there in time to clear off the line.
Real Salt Lake drew first blood in the 36th minute when an awful turnover from Bradley Diallo gave Albert Rusnak an open lane to race towards goal and finish around Clement Diop. Soon afterwards Kyle Beckerman squared to a wide-open Jefferson Savarino at the top of the box, who just pulled his shot wide.
The Galaxy quickly equalized when LA quickly circulated the ball centrally and Jose Villareal located Ashley Cole making a run inside the box, and the Englishman slipped a low shot past Nick Rimando.
LA’s happiness was short lived however, as Kyle Beckerman was wide open at the top of the six-yard box to nod home Albert Rusnak’s cross right before halftime.
The Galaxy subbed Romain Alessandrini in at halftime to search for a second goal, but it was RSL who broke the dam. First Pasadena native Yura Movsisyan put away a tap-in, then Jefferson Savarino beat Nathan Smith on the dribble before smashing a 30-yard blast past Diop.
Savarino would complete his brace in the 77th minute, then Joao Plata rounded Diop on a breakaway to give RSL a 6-1 lead. Bradford Jamieson VI would score late to give the fans something to cheer about, but the damage was already done.