REAL SALT LAKE VISITS LA GALAXY ON SUNDAY
Kickoff set for 8:30 p.m. MT Against the Galaxy
SANDY, Utah – (Saturday, October 31, 2020) – Real Salt Lake will play its final road match of the 2020 regular season on Sunday, November 1 when it visits the LA Galaxy in a crucial Western Conference clash that will carry major playoff implications. Kickoff from Dignity Health Sports Park is set for 8:30 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live locally on KMYU, the KSL TV app and ESPN700 radio.
RSL enters Sunday’s clash with the Galaxy after dropping a 2-0 result at the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday. Sunday’s match will mark the final road match of the abbreviated 2020 regular season as RSL currently sits 10th in the Western Conference based on points per game.
RSL’s playoff hopes will remain alive with a victory over the Galaxy on Sunday with a draw or a loss among results elsewhere seeing its 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoff hopes dashed.
Sunday’s match will be the 42nd meeting between RSL and the Galaxy all-time with RSL looking to expand its 7-12-2 record in Carson since 2005. The two clubs have met once already in 2020 with RSL walking away 2-0 victors at Rio Tinto Stadium in September behind goals from Albert Rusnák and Damir Kreilach and a shutout performance from Andrew Putna.
The LA Galaxy enter Sunday’s contest having dropped a 5-2 result to the Portland Timbers on Wednesday that led to the firing of its Head Coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto on Thursday. The California side currently sit last in the Western Conference with a 5-11-3 record.
How to Follow Real Salt Lake @ LA Galaxy – Sunday, November 1, 2020
·Coverage Begins: 8:00 p.m. MT
·Local TV: KMYU w/ David James (play-by-play) & Brian Dunseth (color) with Samantha Yarock (sideline)
·Digital Streaming: KSL TV app
·English Radio: ESPN700
·Spanish TV: N/A
Game Notes for Sunday’s RSL @ LAG game Available Online
Those seeking the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Sunday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy can be found here. Media members looking to receive the document as an attachment or have further questions are asked to please contact Taran Meyer in the RSL Communications Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through 20 regular season matches in the 2020 regular season, RSL holds a 5-8-7 record (22 points) in the abbreviated season. After two draws to open the season before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, RSL finished 1-1-1 in the group stage of the MLS is Back Tournament in July before falling to the San Jose Earthquakes in the Round of 16.
RSL re-entered the regular season in home markets on August 22 with a 4-1 victory at the Colorado Rapids and has gone 4-7-4 in the MLS return to play.
RSL has seen 22 different players start matches in 2020 with 11 of those players earning at least 10 starts in that span. Goals have been scored by 10 different players for RSL in 2020 while eight players have registered assists this season.
The club has been led in scoring by Kreilach who has scored eight goals in 2020 – tied for fifth in MLS – followed by Justin Meram and Albert Rusnák with three goals apiece. On defense, RSL has seen a rotation of players at the centerback position with Justen Glad, Nedum Onuoha, Marcelo Silva and Erik Holt all seeing minutes on the backline. Aaron Herrera and Donny Toia have been mainstays at the outside back position and in midfield the club has seen a breakout season from Pablo Ruiz and Maikel Chang who is tied for 20th in MLS with five assists to complement Kyle Beckerman, Everton Luiz and Nick Besler in the middle of the field.
In goal, Andrew Putna has seen the majority of the minutes for RSL, starting 14 of the club’s 20 matches to earn three shutouts and a 4-6-4 record between the pipes.