Andrew Brody and Mikael Chang each scored their first goals of the season in the second half to rally Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 victory over Austin FC on Saturday night in Sandy, Utah.
Brody's game winner in the 88th minute -- his first career MLS goal -- helped Salt Lake remain undefeated at home through five matches. RSL (5-3-4, 19 points) scored twice after halftime while playing with a man advantage over the final 43 minutes.
Austin (6-3-2, 20 points) allowed just nine goals in its first 10 matches before giving up two second-half goals to Salt Lake. RSL outshot the Texas club 14-8 and had a 7-2 edge in shots on goal.
Austin dominated possession during the first half, controlling the ball 59 percent of the time. It eventually paid off for the club.
Alexander Ring got Austin on the board with his goal in the 24th minute. Diego Fagundez sent the ball into Ring on the left side of the area. Once he reached the 6-yard box, Ring threaded a left-footer between Zac MacMath and the near post and buried the ball in the bottom left corner of the net.
Sergio Cordova and Bobby Wood put a pair of shots on frame for Salt Lake before halftime. RSL struggled to generate a consistent attack against the Austin defense, however, totaling just three shots over the first 45 minutes. Austin had five shots in the first half.
Momentum favored Salt Lake after halftime when Daniel Pereira was sent off with a red card in the 47th minute. Austin played with 10 players over the final 43 minutes.
RSL cashed in on that man advantage in the 55th minute with Chang's equalizer. Chang scooted around Ring outside the top of the 6-yard box and blasted the ball home to level it at 1-1.
Brody gave Salt Lake its first lead of the match in the final minutes after blasting home a right-footer inside the right post from outside the box.
--Field Level Media