Real Salt Lake 0 vs. Portland Timbers 2
December 4, 2021; Providence Park
Real Salt Lake (14-14-6, 48 points); Portland Timbers (17-13-4, 55 points)
Man of the Match: Midfielder Pablo Ruiz left it all on the pitch for Real Salt Lake in the match. In addition to leading the team with three interceptions and fourteen possessions gained, Ruiz finished second on the team in touches with 79 and total passes with 61. The midfielder also did his part in the attack, as his two shots were tied for most on the team in the game.
Telling Stat: Tonight’s 2-0 loss to Portland Timbers marks the fourth such loss this season, the first time in Real Salt Lake’s 17-year history that the club has been defeated by the same team four times in a single campaign.
What You Missed: After a historic run deep into the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs, Real Salt Lake’s season came to an end on the road against the Portland Timbers in the Western Conference Final. RSL conceded its first two goals in the run of play this postseason after not allowing a single goal of the like in the previous two playoff matches.
What’s Next: Real Salt Lake returns to competition on Sunday, February 27 at Houston Dynamo FC for its 2022 Major League Soccer Season Opener. The following weekend the team will return to Rio Tinto Stadium when they host Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, March 4.