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Rubio Rubín, Albert Rusnák propel Real Salt Lake past San Jose in thriller

Rubín scored two goals, while Rusnák added a goal and two assists to lead RSL to a 4-3 victory.

Real Salt Lake forward Rubio Rubin (14) celebrates his goal against Sporting Kansas City in Sandy on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
In this May 1, 2021 file photo, Real Salt Lake forward Rubio Rubin (14) celebrates his goal against Sporting Kansas City. Rubin scored two goals Wednesday night to help RSL defeat San Jose.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Rubio Rubín scored two goals, Albert Rusnák added a goal and two assists and Real Salt Lake beat San Jose 4-3 on Wednesday night, spoiling a hat trick by the Earthquakes’ Javier “Chofis” López.

Justin Meram tied it at 3 for Real Salt Lake (9-9-6) in the 71st minute, and Rubín slipped a one-touch shot inside the post in the 81st minute.

Chofis, who had his first multi-goal game in MLS, opened the scoring in the 26th, but Rubín knocked in the rebound of shot by Rusnák that was deflected by goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski to make it 1-1 in first-half stoppage time.

Rusnák scored to give Real Salt Lake a 2-1 lead in the 49th minute, and Chofis scored in the 50th and 65th minutes to put the Earthquakes (6-9-9) back in front.

Real Salt Lake ended a five-game road losing streak and won for just the second time in 18 matches away from Rio Tinto Stadium dating to August 2020.