REAL SALT LAKE DRAWS 1-1 WITH MINNESOTA UNITED FC
DF Marcelo Silva Scores Second of 2019; RSL Moves to 7-2-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium on the Season
SANDY, Utah (Saturday, July 20, 2019) – Real Salt Lake (9-9-3, 30 points) came back from a second-half deficit to earn a 1-1 draw with Minnesota United FC at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night as DF Marcelo Silva notched RSL’s lone goal on the night. marking his second goal of the 2019 season.
The first half of action saw a physical match play out as both sides planted physical tackles on one another. Minnesota had the best opportunity of the first 45 minutes, forcing GK Nick Rimando into an acrobatic save just minutes before the halftime whistle, preserving the 0-0 scoreline at the break.
In the 58th minute of the match, the Loons found the breakthrough when Darwin Quintero was left alone at the back post to redirect an easy header into the back of the net. RSL answered back in the 70th minute when Silva fired home his second goal of the year with a cool side volley inside the penalty area. A frantic finish to the match saw MNUFC nearly steal the full three points when Jan Gregus slammed a curling shot off of the goal’s upright in the 88th minute. In stoppage time, set pieces earned by both sides capped the evening as the teams shared the spoils on the night.
UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake will participate in its first-ever Leagues Cup match against UANL Tigres on Wednesday, July 24 at 8:30p MT on ESPN+. The club will return to regular season action on Saturday, July 27 when it visits FC Dallas. Kickoff from Frisco is set for 6:00p MT and can be seen live on KMYU and the KSL TV app.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
MIN: Darwin Quintero (Mason Toye, Jan Gregus), 58th minute: A corner kick swung in by Gregus found the head of Toye who flicked the ball towards the far post where Quintero was waiting. Quintero had a wide-open header at the back post as he redirected the shot into the back of the net for the first goal of the match.
RSL: Marcelo Silva (Jefferson Savarino), 70th minute: A corner kick from albert Rusnák ran through the traffic inside the penalty area to Savarino at the back post. The Venezuelan drove a low pass into the middle of the penalty area where Silva fired home his second of the year to draw RSL level.
- DF Tony Beltran (knee), DF Nedum Onuoha (adductor) and FW Sam Johnson (quad) were out of action due to injury.
- DF Aaron Herrera was unavailable while serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.
Match: Real Salt Lake vs. Minnesota United FC
Date: July 20, 2019
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Weather: Partly cloudy and 91 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 FT
Real Salt Lake: 0 1 1
MNUFC: 0 1 1
MIN: Darwin Quintero (Mason Toye, Jan Gregus) 57’
RSL: Marcelo Silva (Jefferson Savarino), 70’
Real Salt Lake: (4-2-3-1) Nick Rimando; Brooks Lennon, Marcelo Silva, Justen Glad, Donny Toia; Everton Luiz, Kyle Beckerman; Jefferson Savarino, Albert Rusnák (Joao Plata, 77’), Sebastian Saucedo (Corey Baird, 58’); Damir Kreilach
Subs not used:David Ochoa, Erik Holt, Nick Besler, Luke Mulholland, Tate Schmitt
MNUFC: (4-5-1) Vito Mannone; Romain Metanire, Ike Opara, Michael Boxall, Chase Gasper; Ethan Finlay, Jan Gregus, Hassani Dotson, Darwin Quintero (Lawrence Olum, 87’), Kevin Molino (Miguel Ibarra, 62’); Mason Toye (Abu Danladi, 79’)
Subs not used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Brent Kallman, Rasmus Schuller, Collin Martin
Stats Summary: RSL / MIN
Shots on Goal: 3/3
Corner Kicks: 8/5
RSL: Brooks Lennon (caution) 21’
MIN: Jan Gregus (caution) 26’
Referee: David Gantar
Assistant Referees: Eric Boria, Felisha Mariscal
4th Official: Elvis Osmanovic
VAR: Geoff Gamble