Movsisyan breaks out of scoring slump for RSL
Sandy » Once he finally found the back of the net, striker Yura Movsisyan was in the mood to joke about his scoring drought after Real Salt Lake's record-breaking 6-0 victory over New England on Saturday night.
"It just seemed like nobody could miss," he said, "except for me."
Indeed, most of the game at Rio Tinto Stadium was unfolding for Movsisyan the same way as the first four games of the season. He was creating chance after scoring chance with tremendous runs and deft moves, but putting every one of his opportunities high, wide or right into the chest of the goalkeeper.
"He looked like a guy who was feeling a lot of pressure to score," coach Jason Kreis said.
But finally, after missing on another flurry of chances that included a breakaway that he fired right at keeper Brad Knighton from well inside the box in the 37th minute, Movsisyan ran onto a terrific pass from midfielder Clint Mathis in the 70th minute and ripped a shot past Knighton to the far post for his first goal of the season and a 3-0 lead.
"I knew it was going to come," he said. "For myself, I know if I get one, I'll get a lot more. It was just a perfect day for me."
The scoring hero from last season's playoff run who just learned his wife is pregnant, Movsisyan had not scored despite leading the team with 22 shots before finally connecting. He "looked a little confused when he got in and around the goal, a little bit indecisive," Kreis said. "So for him to take that one, I think is going to open up a lot of things for him, going forward."
Making its mark
RSL became only the third team in Major League Soccer history to score six goals in one half, and the first since New York beat RSL 6-0 on Aug. 26, 2006.
Expect one more roster move soon for RSL.
Because midfielder Alex Nimo still counts against the 24-man roster limit, even though he's away on loan to the USL's Portland Timbers, the club reached the limit with the signing of defender Kyle Davies last week, and will have to make room for striker Fabian Espindola whenever he arrives after clearing the international transfer process.
Incidentally, Davies was ineligible to sign a developmental contract and had to fill one of the 18 senior spots, so the team moved rookie midfielder Raphael Cox down to developmental status.