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Savarino scored in stoppage time to take the RSL to a 2-2 draw in San Jose

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Sandy — Jefferson Savarino once again pulled magic out of his hat against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, scoring a goal in stoppage time to score a point in San Jose.

At the end of 90 minutes at Pay Pal Park, the referee awarded six minutes of extra time.

Justin Melam had the ball on his favored left flank and maneuvered to deliver a good ball to Savarino over a box full of San Jose defenders. The valuable Venezuelan forward took a touch off his chest and slammed it into the net in the 96th minute to save a game that was nearly lost due to a string of RSL errors.

“When the game entered the final minutes of extra time, there was a lot of excitement, but we felt we were in a position where we had to take risks and keep moving forward,” said Pablo Mastroeni at the end of the game. “The body language of the players, the energy of the players, it felt like the moment I thought, ‘If I get another ball bouncing in the area… I’m finding the back of the net.'”

Misfortunes gave the RSL the advantage when a VAR review led to a handball call in the box for Justen Grad and San Jose’s Cristian Espinosa padded a penalty in the 12th minute to make it 1–0.

However, the deficit did not last long as Andrew Brody discovered Jasper Lofelsend had left in the 21st minute. The rookie lifted it over the keeper and sent it far into his post, scoring his first goal in MLS.

Mastroeni said, “This match set us up for counter-attacks like we did in the first half. He’s a tough competitor and I think he showed a bit of grace and composure today with his finish and combination with Brody.”

In the 31st minute, Savarino won the ball on the edge of the box and hit one towards the far post below, but was deflected by the stretched San Jose keeper. Savarino scored his kick in the corner and Nick’s Besler headed in, but there wasn’t enough pace to pass the keeper.

RSL struggled with possession in the first half. He had just 27% ball possession in 45 minutes for Claret and Cobalt and 69% passing accuracy against San Jose’s 87%. RSL also had almost 200 fewer passes than half Quakes.

Two minutes into the second half, Sergio Córdova fended off the keeper and, after seemingly firing an open shot on goal, missed the ball, giving the San Jose defender time to reach the goal line and clear a weak shot. .

Asked about Cordoba’s mental state and confidence after the game, Mastroeni said he advised the striker this week to “shoot seven shots, and if you miss all seven, shoot eight”. in a moment of indecision and doubt for a striker who has scored just one goal in his last nine games.

In the 62nd minute, Zach McMath inexplicably kicked the ball directly to San Jose’s Espinoza. The striker rammed the ball under his MacMath’s feet to give the Quakes his 2-1 advantage and in the second half of the RSL he marked his two game-changing mistakes from Cordova and his MacMath .

The RSL looked for late-game magic in the 87th minute when Marcelo Silva hit an acrobatic pass inside the box and Anderson Julio found Rubio Rubin for a volley shot, but the shot went to Quakes. refilled and collected by Keeper—his third save of the night.

The RSL’s drought lasted until the last possible minute, as Savarino’s stoppage-time strike leveled the match at 2–2 and scored a point away after losing three games in a row to the RSL.

“It was a difficult goal,” said Savarino. “I was trying to set up my teammates or put myself in position to score goals, but Melam gave me a good set up and I was able to put it away.

The RSL will return home on August 6th to welcome league-leading LAFC to the Rio Tinto Stadium at 8pm.

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