PORTLAND, Oregon (Saturday, October 10, 2020) – Real Salt Lake (4-7-6, 18 points) got to an early lead, but couldn’t hang on in a 2-1 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at Providence Park in Portland.

Damir Kreilach scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season and Andrew Putna made two second-half saves, but an own-goal and a putback extended RSL’s losing streak to three matches.

Postgame quotes from RSL v VAN.

In a defensive battle in the first half, Vancouver held a slight possession advantage and outshot RSL 4-2.  However, RSL made its limited opportunities count, with Kreilach scoring in the 37th minute.  Maikel Chang crossed the ball to the far post where Justin Meram played it to the middle for Kreilach for a tap-in goal and RSL went into the break with a 1-0 lead.

The physical contest continued in the second half and Vancouver leveled the match in the 71st minute with an own goal off the head of Douglas Martinez.  Four minutes later, Lucas Cavallini deposited a rebound for the eventual game-winner, as RSL’s efforts to equalize in the waning moments missed the mark.

UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake returns home to host the Portland Timbers on Wednesday, October 14 at Rio Tinto Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. MT.


RSL: Damir Kreilach (Justin Meram, Maikel Chang) 37th minute – Working free on the right side, Maikel Chang whipped a ball to the far post for Justin Meram who centered a first-time ball to Damir Kreilach alone in front of the net for a tap-in.  His seventh goal of the season gave RSL the 1-0 lead.

VAN: Own goal (Douglas Martinez) 71st minute – On a free kick in RSL’s defensive end, Fredy Montero played the ball into the box.  Douglas Martinez went to head the ball clear, but redirected it over Andrew Putna and into the net for an own goal to level the match at 1-1.

VAN: Lucas Cavallini 75th minute – Andrew Putna made a diving stop to thwart Fredy Montero’s initial effort, but the rebound spilled to Lucas Cavallini for a goal off the rebound to give Vancouver the 2-1 lead.

- The match was played at Providence Park in Portland due to Covid-19 restrictions in Canada.
- Forward Giuseppe Rossi, forward Sam Johnson, midfielder Everton Luiz and defender Nedum Onuoha were not medically cleared to play.
- Midfielder Albert Rusnak is away on international duty with Slovakia, playing 86 minutes in a shootout victory in a 2020 UEFA Euro Qualifying Playoff against Ireland on Thursday, with UEFA Nations League matches against Scotland on October 11 and Israel on October 14.  He will have a 10-day quarantine upon his return. 

Match: Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: October 10, 2020
Venue: Providence Park; Portland, Oregon
Weather: Partly cloudy and 55 degrees

Scoring Summary:                  1          2          F
Real Salt Lake                          1          0          1
Vancouver Whitecaps             0          2          2

RSL: Damir Kreilach (Justin Meram, Maikel Chang) 37’
VAN: Own goal (Douglas Martinez) 71’
VAN: Lucas Cavallini 75’

Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Andrew Putna; Aaron Herrera, Marcelo Silva, Justen Glad, Donny Toia; Pablo Ruiz (Jeizon Ramirez 83’), Justin Portillo; Maikel Chang, Damir Kreilach, Justin Meram (Corey Baird 68’); Douglas Martinez
Subs not used: Zac MacMath, Erik Holt, Tate Schmitt, Nick Besler, Kyle Beckerman, Milan Iloski

Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-4-2): Evan Bush; Jake Nerwinski, Ranko Veselinovic, Erik Godoy, Ali Adnan; Cristian Dajome (Tosaint Ricketts 87’), Janio Bikel, Leonard Owusu (Michael Baldisimo 66’), Russell Teibert (Ryan Raposo 70’); Fredy Montero (Derek Cornelius 86’), Lucas Cavallini
Subs not used: Bryan Meredith, David Milinkovic, Patrick Metcalfe, Damiano Pecile, Theo Bair

Stats Summary: RSL / VAN
Shots: 8 / 8
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 7 / 6
Fouls: 24 / 18
Offside: 3 / 2

VAN: Fredy Montero (caution) 14’
RSL: Marcelo Silva (caution) 23’
RSL: Pablo Ruiz (caution) 40’
VAN: Janio Bikel (caution) 43’
RSL: Aaron Herrera (caution) 58’
VAN: Lucas Cavallini (caution) 61’
RSL: Douglas Martinez (caution) 76’
VAN: Cristian Dajome (caution) 79’

Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Assistant Referees: Mike Rottersman, Jeffrey Swartzel
4th Official: Farhad Dadkho
VAR: David Gantar
AVAR: Michael Kampmeinert