For the second-straight game, Real Salt Lake used some late heroics to salvage a draw against a Western Conference foe.
Pablo Ruiz’s stunning left-footed strike in the 85th minute helped RSL rally for the 2-2 draw against defending MLS Cup champion Seattle on Wednesday night, the second time it overcame a deficit in the long-awaited return to Rio Tinto Stadium.
This time the match went off as planned with 4,026 fans in attendance, and Justen Glad said it felt great.
“It felt amazing to be honest. I had my parents up in the suite, which is great. Just feeling the energy after goals, after a big tackle or anything like that you can feel the energy and it gives the team a little more life. For me, it was great to be back out in front of the fans,” said Glad.
Having fans back felt great, but Glad said so did rallying to earn points in the third straight game after giving up the first goal.
“We started down in the Colorado game, we started down last week in Portland. We have that resilient side to us and we’re hoping to keep that. Obviously if you look at our record of the past two years or so when we go down initially with that first goal we don’t win many of those games, but this year you can kind of feel something’s a little different,” said Glad.