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Real Salt Lake Suffer Its Worst-Ever Defeat

BRONX, New York (Sunday, April 17, 2022) – Real Salt Lake (3-2-3, 12 points)suffered its worst loss in Club history, dropping a 6-0 result to the defending MLS Cup Champions New York City FC.  

Within the narrow lines of Yankee Stadium, Real Salt Lake came out as the aggressors in the first few minutes, putting back-to-back shots on target. But the home team quickly regained momentum, finding the opening goal in the ninth minute off the head of 2021 MLS Golden Boot winner Valentin Castellanos. Just a few moments later New York City doubled their lead when Thiago Andrade’s left-footed shot found the back of the net. 

Just shy of the halftime break New York was awarded a penalty kick after Tate Schmitts high boot collided with the face of Keaton Parks. It was Castellanos who stepped up to the spot, slamming home his second goal of the game, to take the 3-0 lead heading into halftime. 

Coming out of the halftime break, Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni adjusted the formation to a 3-5-2, but the defensive woes continued as Andrade netted his second goal in the 55th minute. Two minutes later New York City was awarded its second penalty kick after Jaziel Orozco’s boot collided with Castellanos inside the box. Castellanos put away the penalty kick, securing a hat trick for himself in the 57th minute. 

With just 10 minutes remaining, in an attempt to clear the ball, goalkeeper Zac MacMath’s pass fell directly at the feet of Castellanos who was able to one touch the ball on frame glancing off the sliding body of Marcelo Silva and into the back of the net, capping off the day with his fourth goal and the 6-0 victory. 

UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake will remain on the road for regular season play, returning to the Western Conference to face Portland Timbers FC at Providence Park on Saturday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. MT. In between, the team will begin its quest for the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. MT. 


NYC: Valentin Castellanos (Santiago Rodriguez), 9th minute: Rodriguez sent in a cross off a corner kick, finding the head of Castellanos who flicked it past the goalkeeper. 

NYC: Thiago Andrade (Talles Magno), 15th minute: Magno drove down the right sideline, slipping a pass through to an oncoming Andrade. After taking a few touches towards goal, Andrade took a tight angle and sent a left-footed shot into an open goal.

NYC: Valentin Castellanos (PK) 40th minute: After being awarded a penalty kick for a kick to the face inside the box to Keaton Parks, Castellanos stepped up and hit the ball into the right side of the goal. 

NYC: Thiago Andrade (Santiago Rodriguez) 55th minute: Rodriguez hit a long ball to an unmarked Andrade in the middle of the pitch, who dribbled towards the middle of the box to chip the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. 

NYC: Valentin Castellanos (PK) 57th minute: Going in for the ball, Jaziel Orozco caught the foot of Castellanos, giving New York its second penalty of the match. Castellanos stutter-stepped on his approach, slotting the ball through the hands of Zac MacMath

NYC: Valentin Castellanos 80th minute: In an attempt to clear the ball out of a dangerous area, Zac MacMath passed the ball up the field, but it fell directly to the feet of Castellanos who simply one touched it towards the net that deflected off a sliding Marcelo Silva and into the goal. 


-   Zack Farnsworth (right ankle), Justen Glad (hamstring), Bret Halsey (ankle), Erik Holt (left foot), Johan Kappelhof (left calf), Jonathan Menendez (adductor), Jasper Löffelsend (hamstring) and David Ochoa (right quad) were unavailable due to injury. 

- In his first start of the season, defender Aaron Herrera made his 100th regular season appearance, becoming the second RSL Homegrown to do so, joining Justen Glad. 

Match: Real Salt Lake at New York City FC

Date: April 17, 2022

Venue: Yankee Stadium; Bronx, New York

Weather: Sunny and 50 degrees

Attendance: 14,513

Scoring Summary:      1     2      F 

Real Salt Lake          0    0     0

New York City FC      3    3     6

NYC: Valentine Castellanos (Santiago Rodriguez), 9’
NYC: Thiago Andrade (Talles Magno), 15’
NYC: Valentin Castellanos (PK) 40’
NYC: Thiago Andrade (Santiago Rodriguez) 55’
NYC: Valentin Castellanos (PK) 57’
NYC: Valentin Castellanos 80’


Real Salt Lake (4-3-3): Zac MacMath; Aaron Herrera, Jaziel Orozco, Marcelo Silva, Tate Schmitt (Maikel Chang 64’); Scott Caldwell (Everton Luiz 64’), Pablo Ruiz (Nick Besler 81’), Damir Kreilach; Justin Meram Bobby Wood (Rubio Rubin 64’), Sergio Cordova (Andrew Brody 46’) 

Subs not used: Tomas Gomez, Bode Davis, Chris Garcia 

New York City FC (5-3-2): Sean Johnson; Thiago Martins (Vuk Latinovich 71’), Alexander Callens, Alfredo Morales (Nicolas Acevedo 60’), Malte Amundsen, Tayvon Gray; Thiago Andrade, Santiago Rodriguez (Gabriel Pereira 59’), Keaton Parks (Heber 71’); Valentin Castellanos, Talles Magno (Gedion Zelalem 71’) 

Subs not used: Chris Gloster, Luis Barraza, Andres Jasson, Kevin O’Toole, 

Stats Summary: RSL / NYC

Shots: 12 / 22

Shots on Goal: 5 / 12

Saves: 6 / 5

Corner Kicks: 6 / 6

Fouls: 10 / 16 

NYC: Tayvon Gray (caution) 31’
NYC: Valentin Castellanos (caution) 43’
RSL: Tate Schmitt (caution) 38’
RSL: Aaron Herrera (caution) 42’
RSL: Scott Caldwell (caution) 63’ 

Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Adam Garner, Diego Blas
4th Official: Silviu Petrescu
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic