HERRIMAN, Utah (Friday, August 13, 2021) – Real Salt Lake is set to welcome Austin FC to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, August 14 at 8:00 p.m. MT, for the first time since Austin FC became the latest expansion team prior to the start of the 2021 Major League Soccer season.
The match will be broadcast live on KMYU and can be accessed locally via live stream on the KSL TV app. ESPN700 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 will also be welcoming members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community for its first-annual AAPI night. A portion of every ticket purchased will go to the Manuia Group to help minority students achieve their higher education goals. Limited tickets are available at RSL.com.
Real Salt Lake vs. Austin FC
Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Saturday, August 14 at 8:00 p.m. MT
Game Notes for Saturday’s RSL vs. ATX game Available Online
Those seeking the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Saturday's contest between Real Salt Lake and Austin 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Records: Real Salt Lake 5-6-6, (21 points, 8th in West); Austin FC (4-9-4, 16 points, 12th in West)
Head-to-Head: Saturday’s match will be the first fixture between the two sides since Austin FC joined the league.
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Welcome to the League
Since joining the league in 2005, Real Salt Lake has earned a 6-6-3 record against expansion teams. This season the team played to a 0-0 draw with Nashville SC, who joined the league in 2020. Prior to that, RSL defeated FC Cincinnati 3-0 in 2019, its first season in the league.
We’ll Miss You
After receiving his fifth yellow card against Portland Timbers this past Saturday, defender Justen Glad has been issued a one-game suspension. As a result, Glad will miss the upcoming match against Austin FC. Additionally, Aaron Herrera, Damir Kreilach, Everton Luiz, Justin Meram and Pablo Ruiz are all sitting on four yellow cards, an additional card will result in their subsequent suspension in the following game.
Connections: This Saturday, midfielder Nick Besler will take the pitch against his older brother Matt Besler defender for Austin FC. The brothers played against each other on several occasions, as the older Besler previously spent 11 years with Sporting Kansas City. When playing against each other, Nick holds the upper hand, with a 3-2-1 regular-season record over his older brother.