Preview: Real Salt Lake vs. Atlanta United

SANDY, Utah (Friday, April 21, 2017) – Real Salt Lake (2-3-2, 6th West) continues its 2017 campaign by hosting 2017 expansion side Atlanta United FC (2-2-2, 6th East) Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium at 7:30 p.m. MT, as the club looks to extend its active winning streak to three with new Head Coach Mike Petke at the helm.

Since entering MLS in 2005, RSL boasts a 7-1-2 all-time home mark in its initial contests on Utah soil against expansion teams, with only Toronto’s 2-1 win at Rice-Eccles Stadium on July 4, 2007 providing a blemish. Since moving to Rio Tinto Stadium in 2009, RSL is 5-0-2 in an expansion side’s debut in Sandy.

How to Follow Real Salt Lake v. Atlanta United FC – Sat., April 22, 2017

  • Coverage Begins: 7:00 p.m. MT
  • Local TV:      KMYU – David James and Brian Dunseth
  • English Radio: ESPN700 AM (6:30 p.m. MT) – Bill Riley, Jay Nolly, Spencer Warne & Jeremy Horton
  • Spanish Radio: 102.3 La Gran D FM / 1600 AM – Nelson Moran & Fernando Hortal
  • Online: The @RSLmatchday Twitter feed provides updates

Game Guide for Saturday’s RSL v. Atlanta game Available Online

The link to the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Saturday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and Atlanta United FC is available by clicking HERE.

Saturday’s game will be televised locally via KMYU (coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. MT on 2.2 air / 12 satellite / 643 Comcast HD) with David James and Brian Dunseth on the call, and can also heard live via RSL outlets ESPN700 AM (English radio coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. MT w/ Bill Riley, Jay Nolly, Spencer Warne & Jeremy Horton) & 102.3 FM / 1600 AM (Spanish, Fernando Hortal & Nelson Moran).

Petke, the club’s fourth head coach in the last 13 Major League Soccer seasons, has guided the club to a pair of wins in his first two weeks at the helm, including a dramatic comeback victory last Saturday at Colorado. Armenian FW Yura Movsisyan converted an 85th-minute penalty kick for his third consecutive game with a goal, while Academy product and Liverpool loanee Brooks Lennon blasted a shot from 25 yards out just three minutes later for what proved to be the game-winner.

Two weeks ago, in Petke’s debut, RSL endured the elements to notch a 3-0 home win over Vancouver at a snowy Rio Tinto Stadium. Slovakian MF Albert Rusnák scored his first MLS goal with what proved to be the game-winner early in a snowy second half, then assisted on goals by Movsisyan – who has now scored in four of the last five games – and MF Luke Mulholland to help RSL snap a 12-game winless streak in MLS regular-season play.

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