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Meram Hustle Not Enough In RSL Defeat

Real Salt Lake 0 vs. 2 LAFC
September 4, 2022; Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Real Salt Lake (11-9-9, 42 points); LAFC (19-7-3, 60 points)

Man of the Match: Forward Justin Meram turned in a gritty performance off the bench, providing Real Salt Lake with their best opportunities of the night. In the 73rd minute, Meram crossed the ball in towards forward Anderson Julio whose goal-bound header was smothered by the LAFC goalkeeper. Just three minutes later Meram nearly connected on a header from defender Marcelo Silva but was beaten to the ball by the goalkeeper.

Telling Stat: In the Club’s 2-0 defeat to LAFC, Real Salt Lake started its 25th different player in the 2022 campaign as Bryan Oviedo made his first RSL start. Additionally, the Claret-and-Cobalt have fielded 30 different players this season as Braian Ojeda made his MLS debut in the 69th minute as a second-half substitute for Scott Caldwell.

What You Missed: Real Salt Lake fell on the road 2-0 to star-studded LAFC. Costa Rican defender Bryan Oviedo made his first Major League Soccer and RSL start, while Braian Ojeda made his MLS debut in the away defeat. Goalkeeper Zac MacMath made four saves in the match, including his second penalty save of the year, blocking LAFC team captain and former MLS Golden Boot winner Carlos Vela.

What’s Next: Real Salt Lake returns to Sandy, Utah on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. MT to host Eastern Conference foes D.C. United as part of Hispanic Heritage Night. The University Of Utah Health Plaza on the east side of the stadium opens at 5:30 p.m. MT, with gates opening for the crucial match at 6:00 p.m. MT. Tickets are available at