HERRIMAN, Utah (Friday, May 20, 2022) – Real Salt Lake (5-3-4, 19 pts, 5th West) is back on the road this weekend, heading north across the border to face high-scoring CF Montreal (6-4-2, 20 pts, t-2nd East) at Stade Saputo, with a 2:00 p.m. MT kickoff.
Sunday’s match will be broadcast locally via KMYU (12 over the air, 22 satellite and 643 HD on cable), with streaming on the KSL Sports App, as well as ESPN700 AM radio. Spanish-speaking fans can tune in on KBMG Latino 106.3 FM, La Gran D 102.3 FM and KTUB 1600 AM for the local radio broadcast.
RSL Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni’s side heads to Quebec on the heels of a scintillating, come-from-behind 2-1 home win last Saturday at home against Austin FC, the Claret-and-Cobalt’s sixth win and ninth result following a loss (6-1-3, W-L-T) in the Mastroeni era. Saturday’s drama also improves RSL to an unbeaten 4-0-1 (W-L-T) mark at home this season, as all five of the Club’s Rio Tinto Stadium contests have witnessed Rio Tinto Stadium crowds of 20,000-plus, RSL opening a season with five consecutive sellouts for the first time ever. Fans are encouraged to visit www.RSL.com/tickets for the Sat., May 28 home match against Houston, in what could be newly-signed Designated Player Jefferson Savarino’s 2022 debut for Real Salt Lake.
RSL has been outscored 12-5 by the club formerly known as the Impact on Quebecois soil, never earning even a point in any of its previous four trips to Montreal, posting a 0-4-0 mark there from 2013-19. All-time in Canada, RSL is just 4-19-3 at Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal since 2007, outscored 46-21 in MLS action.
Real Salt Lake @ CF Montreal
Stade Saputo, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. MT
Game Notes for Sunday’s RSL @ Montreal Match Available Online
The Adobe PDF version of the 2022 MLS Game Guide in advance of Sunday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and Montreal can be found here. Media members looking to receive the document as an attachment or have further questions are asked to please contact Meg Van Dyk in RSL Communications via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2022 Records: Real Salt Lake (5-3-4, 19 pts, 5th West); CF Montreal (6-4-2, 20 pts, t-2nd East)
OTHER 2022 RSL NOTES:
BRODY BLAST SEES HOMEGROWN CAREER COME FULL CIRCLE
RSL Academy product Andrew Brody could not have picked a better time than the 88th minute of Saturday’s match to curl home his first-ever career MLS goal. Signed as a 16-year old into the Club’s Casa Grande, Ariz., Academy, Brody played two seasons of NCAA soccer at Louisville before coming to Utah and making more than 100 appearances with Real Monarchs (USL Championship). Following a loan spell in the 2019/20 season to the Austrian Third Division with FC Pinzgau – where he was coached by German legend Christian Ziege – Brody returned to Utah, eventually signing his first RSL contract.
Last season, a mid-game injury to fellow HG Aaron Herrera opened the door for Brody to contribute to the first team, a door never since closed. Brody has started in 23 of his 28 MLS appearances since recording an assist in his debut last May 1 at home against Sporting KC, filling in on either the right or left side, as a full back or wingback, depending on the formation.
RUIZ TO RETURN, CALDWELL TO SERVE ONE-GAME SUSPENSION
RSL won last week at home despite the absence of playmaker Pablo Ruiz due to caution accumulation, as the Argentine/Chilean midfielder was booked at Nashville with his fifth yellow card of the season. Saturday against Austin FC, MF Scott Caldwell saw his yellow No. 5 on the season, and will now miss the trip to Montreal.
ANDERSON NOTCHES GAME-WINNING ASSIST IN 2022 HOME DEBUT
One of RSL’s three acquisitions during the recently closed transfer window could made his 2022 RSL HOME debut Saturday, as FW Anderson Julio – who saw 15 minutes of action in the 0-2 loss at Nashville on May 8, after just one travel-day training session with the team – completed his first week back on the Wasatch Front with a dramatic, substitute appearance that saw him set up the 88th-minute game-winning goal by DF Andrew Brody.
Starting MF Maikel Chang provided the early second-half equalizer, erasing an 0-1 halftime deficit on a nice play that saw FW Bobby Wood set up MF Justin Meram, who found Chang in the middle of the box for the far-post shot. Chang also received credit for the secondary assist on Brody’s game-winning blast, the first goal of his career.
Julio scored 8 goals in 30 appearances for RSL a year ago, and also added a playoff goal at Kansas City while on loan from Atletico San Luis (Liga MX). San Luis did not register or play the Ecuadoran attacker in the most recent Clausura, eventually selling the rights to the 25-year old to Real Salt Lake in late April. With his appearance last Sunday in Tennessee, Julio was the 25th player to see MLS minutes in the first 11 games for Mastroeni and staff this season.
The other two deadline moves – DF Chris Kablan, on loan from Blitzer-owned Waasland-Beveren; and FW Jefferson Savarino, the Venezuelan international who returns to RSL as a Designated Player from Atletico Mineiro in Brazil – have not yet appeared for the Claret-and-Cobalt … Kablan has participated nearly two weeks of training sessions with the Club, while Savarino’s work visa process is expected to take a couple weeks. Could Savarino be ready for the May 22 trip to Montreal? Possibly, that’s the goal for the spectacular playmaker who scored 22 goals and added 21 assists in 83 games across MLS reg. season and playoff action from 2017-19.