Real Salt Lake lays an egg on Easter Sunday at Yankee Stadium
SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake were dismantled by New York City FC at Yankee Stadium this afternoon losing 6-0. He tied Real Salt Lake’s worst loss in history when they lost 6-0 to the New York Red Bulls in 2006.
“I think we got off to a good start. We were pushing them high, winning decent balls and creating half chances in front of goal, but I just don’t think when we won those balls and looked for fast breaks that we just weren’t determined to pull the trigger or decisive enough to really score,” Mastroeni said when asked about the poor start to the game.
Manager Pablo Mastroeni welcomed Bobby Wood and Aaron Herrera into the starting XI but the additions unfortunately didn’t impact the outcome of the match.
From the opening whistle to the final whistle, Real Salt Lake was under intense pressure. NYCFC’s movement and clinical passing ability was on display all afternoon, as Real Salt Lake failed to match NYCFC’s power on the small, tight field of Yankee Stadium.
Argentina striker Valentín Castellanos opened the scoring in the 9th minute to give the hosts the lead after countless attacking chances fell from the waist.
Thiago Andrade then doubled the lead in the 15th minute when Zac MacMath came off his line and failed to close the run, leaving a goal wide open for Andrade to simply pass the ball into.
The third goal came in the form of a penalty when Tate Schmitt caught Keaton Parks with a high boot into the box. Castellanos converted the penalty sending MacMath the wrong way. At halftime, the lead was 3-0, but NYCFC were far from satisfied.
NYCFC opened the second half the same way the first half started.
Andrade found his double in the 55th before Castellanos scored his hat-trick on another penalty following a foul from 17-year-old Jaziel Orozco.
Castellanos couldn’t stop scoring, he added his 4th and NYCFC’s 6th in the 80th minute after MacMath offered the ball to him after a wayward attempt to clear with his unfavorite left boot.
NYCFC broke their club record by scoring six goals per game for the first time. Real Salt Lake was broken. Castellanos became the second player to score four goals against Real Salt Lake, joining Melvin Tarley when he accomplished the feat in 2005.
The last chance of the game belonged to Real Salt Lake when NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson saved a shot beyond his goal line. It was clearly not meant to be.
It will take a lot for Real Salt Lake to recover from this defeat. Losses of this magnitude have the potential to persist and can damage player confidence for weeks, if not months, to come.
Mentality, a word so often used by Mastroeni and his players, will be tested in the future.
Real Salt Lake will return home to face Northern Colorado Hailstorm in the third round of the US Open Cup on Wednesday night.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on April 20.