HERRIMAN, Utah (Friday, October 22, 2021) – Real Salt Lake heads East for the only non-conference road match of the season against Chicago Fire FC on October 23 at 6:00 p.m. MT. The match marks the start of the final five matches in a span of 15 days, as the team pushes to solidify its position in the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs.
The match will be broadcast live on KMYU and can be accessed locally via live stream on the KSL TV app. 105.5 KOOL-FM will carry the English radio broadcast and Spanish-speaking fans can tune in on KBMG Latino 106.3, La Gran D 102.3 and KTUB 1600.
Real Salt Lake at Chicago Fire FC
Soldier Field; Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. MT
Game Notes for Saturday’s RSL @ CHI game Available Online
Those seeking the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Saturday's contest between Real Salt Lake and Chicago Fire FC 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 email@example.com.
Records: Real Salt Lake (12-11-6, 39 points, 8th in West); Chicago Fire FC (8-16-7, 28 points, 12th in East)
Head-to-Head: Real Salt Lake has a 7-7-8 record through 22 matches against Chicago. The two sides most recently faced one another on June 22, 2019, resulting in a 1-1 draw during which Albert Rusnak scored the lone goal for RSL.
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The Road to Playoffs
Following several midweek matches RSL fell to eighth place in the West, just one point out of the final playoff position and was passed by LA Galaxy, Minnesota and Vancouver, all of whom played on Wednesday night. However, Real Salt Lake can regain its previous fifth-place position with a win over Chicago. The Club will also carry a game in-hand over the rest of the Western Conference into next week’s match at FC Dallas. Saturday’s opposition are officially eliminated from playoff contention in the Eastern Conference but a result for RSL would bring them within striking distance of the Portland Timbers, who currently occupy the West’s fourth-place position, the final spot for a guaranteed home playoff match.
All Eyes on Them
This past weekend Damir Kreilach and Albert Rusnák inched closer to history, as they both added to their totals to become the first RSL player to record double digits in both goals and assists. Kreilach added a goal and two assists against Colorado last Saturday to bring his total to 14 goals and eight assists. Meanwhile, Rusnak added an assist to bring his total to seven goals and 11 assists. Currently, Kreilach is tied for the fourth-highest combined goals and assists (22) total with Ola Kamara of D.C. United. Additionally, with his goal against the Rapids, Kreilach made club-history, scoring in his fifth-consecutive match.
Connections: Real Salt Lake captain Albert Runsak previously played with Chicago Fire FC defender Boris Sekulic, as they both represented their home country of Slovakia during the 2018 King’s Cup.