SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake will host USL PRO Champions Sacramento Republic FC in an exhibition match at Rio Tinto Stadium on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. MT. The Sept. 30 game will be streamed live on RealSaltLake.com and will be broadcast locally on ESPN 700.
The Claret-and-Cobalt’s exhibition match is already included in the RSL season ticket package and parking pass booklet as “BONUS GAME B.” Tickets to the game are available at the Rio Tinto Stadium box office, online at www.realsaltlake.com/tickets or over the phone at 801-727-2700.
The Sept. 30 matchup marks the first-ever meeting between Sacramento Republic FC and Real Salt Lake. The California club wrapped up its inaugural year with USL PRO by claiming the Championship with a 2-0 win over Harrisburg City Islanders this past weekend. The club has found widespread success in its first year, breaking the USL PRO regular season attendance with over 158,000 fans in 2014, crushing the previous record of 112,748 set by Orlando City Soccer Club. The club is coached by MLS two-time scoring champion and former Chivas USA and Toronto FC head coach, Preki Radosavljević. The club’s roster also includes former Real Salt Lake FW Justin Braun.
Real Salt Lake has faced three lower division teams already this year, two of which were USL PRO. The Claret-and-Cobalt was knocked out of the 2014 U.S. Open Cup in its opening match after falling 2-1 at NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks on June 14. The RSL Reserves then played USL PRO Richmond Kickers to a scoreless draw in Richmond on July 6 and fell 5-2 to fellow USL side Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 25.