SANDY, Utah (Saturday, August 6, 2022) – Real Salt Lake (9-8-7, 34 points) fell 4-1 to the league-leading LAFC in front of a record-setting crowd of 21,810 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Postgame Quotes from RSL vs. LAFC
Postgame Video from RSL vs. LAFC Pablo Mastroeni and Jasper Löffelsend
Amidst the roar of the sold out crowd RSL struggled to impose its dominance on Supporter’s Shield leaders. LAFC nearly to have the opening goal in the eighth minute when José Cifuentes headed down a shot, but an initial save from Zac MacMath and goal-line clearance from Justen Glad saw the chance snuffed. However, just moments later Cristian Arango willed the ball over the line to take the 1-0 lead. Real Salt Lake made quick work to find the response when, in the 12th minute, Sergio Cordova received the ball at the top of the box from Andrew Brody, spinning around his defender he skipped the ball into the bottom-left corner to bring the score level.
In the 17th minute LAFC, once again, took the lead when a short clearance left a free ball inside the box for Acosta to rip into the near post, giving the visiting side the 2-1 advantage. Arango nearly netted two more before the end of the half, but heroics from MacMath kept the Claret-and-Cobalt within one heading into the break.
At the start of the second half forward Justin Meram was inches away from finding the equalizer, but a goal-line clearance robbed him of what seemed to be a sure goal. Then, in the 58th minute Pablo Ruiz rocketed a shot towards goal, but his attempt bounced off the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
Arango found his second goal of the night in the 60th minute when he slide through the box, toe poking the ball over the line to take the 3-1 lead. Real Salt Lake continued to press towards goal, looking for a way back into the game, but were unable to secure the second-half comeback. Finally, a late-game goal from forward Gareth Bale sealed the 4-1 victory for LAFC, giving Real Salt Lake just its second loss at home this year.
UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake heads to the Pacific Northwest to take on Seattle Sounders FC at Lumen Field on Sunday, August 14 at 8:00 p.m. MT. The team will return to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, August 20 when they host Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 8:00 p.m. MT.
GOAL SCORING SUMMARY:
LAFC: Cristian Arango (Jesus Murillo) 9th minute: After several shot attempts bounced around the box, Arango pounced on the ball and clipped the ball with his back heel across the line.
RSL: Sergio Cordova (Andrew Brody) 12th minute: Brody slalomed his way through a sea of LAFC defenders, pushing a pass forward to Cordova at the top of the 18-yard-box. Cordova received the pass with his back towards goal, spinning around his defender he skipped a shot into the bottom-left corner of goal.
LAFC: Kellyn Acosta 17th minute: After the defense was unable to clear the ball out of the box, Acosta found space to run onto the free ball and rip a shot into the near post.
LAFC: Cristian Arango (Kwadwo Opoku, Diego Palacios) 60th minute: Opoku sent a low cross into the penalty box where Arango slide his way towards goal, toe-poking the ball into the back of the net.
LAFC: Gareth Bale (Cristan Arango) 87th minute: Arango found Bale running down the right sideline. Bale sprinted past served defenders, opening up space in the box to set up a clear shot on target, finishing off the night.
- Bobby Wood (abductor), Tate Schmitt (knee), Danny Musovski (hamstring) and Damir Kreilach (back) were unavailable due to injury. While new signings Braian Ojeda and Bryan Oviedo were unavailable due to their pending visas.
- The 21,810 Real Salt Lake fans set a Rio Tinto Stadium record for attendance, surpassing a record set on September 1, 2017 against LA Galaxy.
Match: Real Salt Lake vs LAFC
Date: August 6, 2022
Venue: Rio Tunto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Weather: Rainy and 70
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 1 0 1
LAFC 2 2 4
LAFC: Cristian Arango (Jesus Murillo) 9’
RSL: Sergio Cordova (Andrew Brody) 12’
LAFC: Kellyn Acosta 17’
LAFC: Cristian Arango (Kwadwo Opoku, Diego Palacios) 60’
LAFC: Gareth Bale (Cristan Arango) 87’
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Zac MacMath; Aaron Herrera, Justen Glad, Marcelo Silva; Andrew Brody; Anderson Julio (Rubio Rubin 65’), Pablo Ruiz, Jasper Löffelsend (Diego Luna 79’), Justin Meram (Maikel Chang 79’); Jefferson Savarino, Sergio Cordova
Subs not used: Tomas Gomez, Erik Holt, Bode Hidalgo, Nick Besler, Scott Caldwell
LAFC (3-5-2): Maxime Crepeau; Franco Escobar (Ryan Hollingshead 86’), Jesus Murillo, Giorgio Chiellini (Eddie Segura 72’); Ilie Sánchez; Carlos Vela (Gareth Bale 64’), Diego Palacios, Jose Cifuentes (Sebastian Mendez 64’), Kellyn Acosta; Cristian Arango, Kwadwo Opoku (Brian Rodriguez 64’)
Subs not used: Mamadou Fall, Latif Blessing, Sebastien Ibeagha, John McCarthy
Stats Summary: RSL / LAFC
Shots: 16 / 14
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 7 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 9
MISCONDUCT SUMMARY:LAFC: Kellyn Acosta (caution) 40’
LAFC: Giorgio Chiellini (caution) 69’
Referee: Victor Rivas
Assistant Referees: Jeffery Greeson, Kevin Lock
4th Official: Silviu Petrescu
VAR: Ismail Elfath