SANDY, Utah – (Friday, October 23, 2020) – Real Salt Lake is set to welcome FC Dallas to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, October 24 to begin the final stretch of the 2020 MLS regular season. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. MT from Rio Tinto Stadium and will be broadcast live locally on KMYU, the KSL TV app and ESPN700 radio.
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RSL enters Saturday’s match having claimed a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers on October 14, snapping its winless skid and ending Timbers FC’s five-match win streak. Goals from Douglas Martinez and Damir Kreilach helped RSL secure the home victory.
Wednesday will be the 41st all-time meeting between RSL and The Hoops and the 23rd match between the sides in Utah. The two teams last faced one another in July 2019 in Texas, a match that ended in a scoreless draw. Saturday’s clash will be the first in 2020 between RSL and FC Dallas with as RSL looks to expand its 11-7-4 home record against the visitors.
FC Dallas enters the contest off the back of a 3-0 loss to Nashville SC on Tuesday and currently sit sixth in the West.
How to Follow Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas – Saturday, October 24, 2020
·Coverage Begins: 7:30 p.m. MT
·Local TV: KMYU w/ David James (play-by-play) & Brian Dunseth (color) with Samantha Yarock (sideline)
·Digital Streaming: KSL TV app
·English Radio: ESPN700
·Spanish TV: N/A
Game Notes for Saturday’s RSL v FCD game Available Online
Those seeking the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Saturday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas 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 email@example.com.
Through 18 regular season matches in the 2020 regular season, RSL holds a 5-7-6 (21 points) record thus far in the abbreviated season. After two draws to open the season before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, RSL finished 1-1-1 in the group stage of the MLS is Back Tournament in July before falling to the San Jose Earthquakes in the Round of 16.
RSL re-entered the regular season in home markets on August 22 with a 4-1 victory at the Colorado Rapids and has since gone 3-5-3 since that match.
RSL has seen 22 different players start matches in 2020 with 11 of those players earning at least 10 starts in that span. Goals have been scored by 10 different players for RSL in 2020 while eight players have registered assists this season.
The club has been led in scoring by Kreilach who has scored seven goals in 2020 – tied for fourth in MLS – followed by Justin Meramand Albert Rusnák with three goals apiece. On defense, RSL has seen a rotation of players at the centerback position with Justen Glad, Nedum Onuoha, Marcelo Silva and Erik Holt all seeing minutes on the backline. Aaron Herrera and Donny Toia have been mainstays at the outside back position and in midfield, the club has seen a breakout season from Pablo Ruiz and Maikel Chang who is tied for 16th in MLS with five assists to his name to complement Kyle Beckerman, Everton Luiz and Nick Besler in the middle of the field.
In goal, Andrew Putna has seen the majority of the minutes for RSL, starting 12 of the club’s 18 matches to earn three shutouts and a 4-5-3 record between the pipes.