SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, September 23, 2020) – Real Salt Lake (4-4-5, 17 points) snapped a two-game home losing skid with a 2-0 victory over the LA Galaxy on Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. Click to follow link.">Postgame quotes from RSL v LAG.
Albert Rusnák notched his third goal of the season before adding an assist to Damir Kreilach in the second half while Andrew Putna made two saves to preserve the shutout.
In the first half, the Galaxy generated the best opportunities of the first 45 minutes, including a rifled shot from Cristian Pavon off the crossbar in the 21st minute. A possession battle ensued through the middle of the field with RSL generating a few chances to score that didn’t trouble David Bingham in the Galaxy goal as the teams went into the halftime break scoreless.
The second half was all RSL and in the 65th minute, Rusnák converted a penalty drawn by Justin Meram to open the scoring. Rusnák then turned provider in the 72nd minute when his cross to the top of the penalty area found the run of Kreilach who easily ushered home the insurance goal to seal the 2-0 home win.
UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake will travel to Minnesota United FC on Sunday, September 27 to face The Loons for the third time in 2020. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. MT from Allianz Field.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
RSL: Albert Rusnák (Penalty) 65th minute: Winning the ball in the defensive half, RSL charged forward into space where Everton Luiz put Justin Meram through on goal. Beating the Galaxy goalkeeper to the ball, Meram drew the penalty that Rusnák sent off of the goalkeeper’s hands and into the roof of the net.
RSL: Damir Kreilach (Albert Rusnák, Donny Toia), 72nd minute: Receiving the ball in the defensive half, Toia played Rusnák down the near sideline where he collected the ball with space to cross. Rusnák then played a low cross to Kreilach at the top of the area where he fired a right-footed shot into the bottom-right corner of the net.
- Forward Douglas Martinez returned to the field after serving a red-card suspension.
- Forward Giuseppe Rossi was unavailable due to injury.
- Midfielder Kyle Beckerman was unavailable while serving a red-card suspension.
Match: Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy
Date: September 23, 2020
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Weather: Cloudy and 70 degrees
Scoring Summary:1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 2 2
LA Galaxy 0 0 0
RSL: Albert Rusnák (PK) 65’
RSL: Damir Kreilach (Albert Rusnák, Donny Toia) 72’
Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Andrew Putna; Aaron Herrera, Nedum Onuoha, Justen Glad, Donny Toia; Everton Luiz, Pablo Ruiz; Justin Meram (Maikel Chang 75’), Albert Rusnàk, Corey Baird (Douglas Martinez 75’); Damir Kreilach.
Subs not used: Zac MacMath, Erik Holt, Nick Besler, Justin Portillo, Jeizon Ramirez, Christopher Garcia, Sam Johnson.
LA Galaxy (4-4-2): David Bingham, Emiliano Insua, Daniel Steres, Nick DePuy, Rolf Feltscher; Perry Kitchen, Jonathan dos Santos (Joe Corona 73’), Sebastian Lletget (Cameron Dunbar 81’), Emil Cuelo (Efrain Alvarez 57’); Cristian Pavon, Javier Hernandez (Ethan Zubak 80’)
Subs not used: Jonathan Klinnsman, Diedie Traore, Carlos Harvey, Sacha Kljestan
Stats Summary: RSL / LAG
Shots: 13 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 12 / 18
Offside: 2 / 4
LAG: Nick DePuy (caution) 24’
RSL: Corey Baird (caution) 62’
LAG: David Bingham (caution) 64’
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Assistant Referees: Claudiu Badea, TJ Zablocki
4th Official: Nima Saghafi
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
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