SANDY, Utah (Friday, September 22, 2017) – Real Salt Lake (11-14-5, 38 points, West #6) continues its 2017 MLS Cup “Playoff Push” with a 7:30 p.m. MT Saturday night kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium against West rival Seattle Sounders FC.
Unbeaten in nine of its last 11 overall since the beginning of July, RSL improved to 11-11-3 overall in its new era under Head Coach Mike Petke with last week’s 2-1 home win over Portland Timbers. Playmaker Albert Rusnák provided both the game’s opening goal and assisted on Jefferson Savarino’s game-winner, giving the Slovakian international 7 goals and 12 assists in his debut MLS campaign. Savarino’s 61st-minute goal – the fifth of the year for the 20-year old Venezuelan – was a seeing-eye blast from the corner of the 18 that nestled precisely into the far post upper corner.
Saturday’s meeting with Seattle is the second of the year between the clubs, as the Sounders emerged with a 1-0 victory back on May 20, courtesy of a goal from Harry Shipp. RSL GK Nick Rimando saved a Clint Dempsey penalty kick in the second half to keep RSL in contention, but Seattle’s victory extended the series streak to 12 consecutive wins by the home team (including five consecutive wins at Rio Tinto Stadium by RSL, as part of the club’s overall 6-2-2 mark on the Wasatch Front against the Sounders).
How to Follow Real Salt Lake v. Seattle Sounders FC – Sat., Sept. 23, 2017
- Coverage Begins: 7:00 p.m. MT
- Local TV: KMYU – David James and Brian Dunseth
- English Radio: ESPN700 AM (7:00 p.m. MT) – Bill Riley & Jay Nolly
w/ Jeremy Horton & Spencer Warne (pre-/post-game)
- Spanish Radio: 102.3 La Gran D FM / 1600 AM – Nelson Moran & Fernando Hortal
- Online: The @RSLmatchday Twitter feed provides updates
Game Notes for Saturday’s RSL v. Seattle 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 Seattle Sounders is available HERE.