Johnson had a strained groin and Borchers a strained quadriceps. Injuries also caused two other regular starters, Javier Morales and Alvaro Sabario, to only play as second-half substitutions.
Being short-handed did not limit RSL’s ability to dominate both ends of the field. New York (0-2) struggled to get on track offensively and defensively and Salt Lake took advantage in a hurry.
Fabian Espindola got Salt Lake on the board in the 39th minute after Paulo Jr. found him all alone on a breakaway. Espindola launched the ball past goalkeeper Ryan Meara as he came out to challenge.
Salt Lake tacked on a second goal in the 58th minute after Gil punched in the ball after gathering it in inside the goalmouth.