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Real Salt Lake Nets Three, and Allows Zero in Big Western Conference Win

Real Salt Lake 3 vs. 0 Minnesota United FC

August 31, 2022; Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah

Real Salt Lake (11-8-9, 42 points); Minnesota United FC (13-10-5, 44 points)

Man of the Match: Captain Marcelo Silva led a stalwart performance from the Real Salt Lake backline, earning the Club’s ninth shutout of the season while only allowing four total shots, none of which were on target. The nine shutouts are tied for the fourth-most in Major League Soccer this season. Silva led the backline with four clearances, three tackles and two interceptions. This is the first match in the 2022 campaign where the Club did not allow a shot in the first half, nor a shot on goal in the entire match.

Telling Stat: With another two goals tonight, forwards Jefferson Savarino and Sergio Cordova continued to be clinical on the offensive end, scoring or assisting 14 of RSL’s last 19 goals. Cordova has led the way for the Club in recent weeks, netting four goals in the past five matches. Meanwhile, Savarino has been on both the giving and receiving end since being inserted into the starting XI, scoring five goals and earning four assists in that time. Additionally, the Venezuelans have also formed a strong connection, linking up with each other on three goals this season.

What You Missed: On Kick Childhood Cancer Night, Real Salt Lake put on a dominant performance, defeating Minnesota United FC 3-0 in front of a 14th-consecutive sellout crowd this season. Forwards Jefferson Savarino and Sergio Cordova returned to the score sheet, each netting first half goals. Forward Anderson Julio found the back of the net for a second-consecutive match, while RSL Homegrown Andrew Brody earned his second assist in three matches. Additionally, goalkeeper Zac MacMath and the RSL backline put on a dominant performance defensively, earning the ninth clean sheet of the season and allowing only four total shots, none on frame.

What’s Next: Real Salt Lake will travel to Southern California to take on league-leading LAFC on Sunday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m. MT before returning to play at home on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. MT to host new head coach Wayne Rooney and D.C. United. Tickets are available at