MF Damir Kreilach Notches Third Goal of 2018 Season;
RSL’s Six-Match Win Streak at Rio Tinto Closes with Draw
Utah Club Heads East to Face Eastern Conference Foe Columbus Crew Next Saturday at 5:30 p.m. MT on KMYU, KSLTV App, ESPN700
SANDY, Utah (Saturday, June 23, 2018) – Real Salt Lake (7-7-2, 23 points, T-4 West) – played to a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes in front of 18,472 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night, breaking a six-match win streak in Sandy. The draw sees MF Damir Kreilach score his third goal of the 2018 season while Head Coach Mike Petke’s side moves to seven-straight undefeated on home soil.
RSL saw the majority of possession and chances on goal in the first half of play with the best opportunity from the first 45 minutes falling at the feet of FW Corey Baird. The rookie broke in on goal where he broke into the penalty area with only the goalkeeper to beat but his effort narrowly missed the far post and kept the scoreline 1-0 at the interval.
The second stanza opened in favor of RSL as Kreilach headed home the opening goal in the 50th minute on the back of a flicked header from FW Corey Baird. San Jose would bring the match level in the 66th minute through striker Danny Hoesen when his clipped effort from a rebounded shot beat GK Nick Rimando.
RSL nearly found the winner during second half stoppage time when MF Albert Rusnák swung in yet another corner that found the head of DF Marcelo Silva who skipped the ball against the crossbar and out as time expired.
UP NEXT: RSL will now travel to Columbus for a cross-conference matchup with the Crew on June 30th at 5:30 p.m. MT from Mapfre Stadium.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
RSL: Damir Kreilach (Corey Baird, Albert Rusnak), 54th minute – A corner kick swung in towards the near post from Rusnak found the head of Baird who flicked his header towards the center of the six-yard box. The header found a wide-open Damir Kreilach who headed home with ease for the game’s opening goal.
SJ: Danny Hoesen, 64th minute – A blasted shot from outside the area forced RSL netminder Nick Rimando into a save with which he parried back out in front of him. Hoesen did well to follow the shot and clip the rebound into the net for tying goal.
KEY SAVES AND DEFENSIVE STOPS:
RSL: Danilo Acosta, 55th minute: As San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski found space inside the RSL penalty area, Acosta did well to track back to not allow Wondolowski a free shot on goal. Acosta’s sliding block turned the ball past the post and out for a corner kick.
- MF Damir Kreilach scored his third goal of the 2018 season with his goal in the 54th minute to compliment his team-leading four assists this season.
- RSL’s home win streak ends at six matches but keeps the club undefeated in its last seven matches on home soil.
Match: Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes
Date: June 26, 2018
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Weather: Sunny and 81 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 1 1
San Jose 0 1 1
RSL: Damir Kreilach (Corey Baird, Albert Rusnak) 54’
SJ: Danny Hoesen 64’
Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Nick Rimando; Brooks Lennon, Marcelo Silva, Justen Glad (Nick Besler, 31’), Danilo Acosta; Kyle Beckerman, Damir Kreilach, Albert Rusnak; Jefferson Savarino, Corey Baird (Luis Silva, 80’), Sebastian Saucedo (Joao Plata, 73’)
Subs not used: Connor Sparrow, Aaron Hererra, Sunny, Pablo Ruiz
San Jose Earthquakes: (4-4-2): Andrew Tarbell; Nick Lima, Jimmy Ockford, Francois Affolter, Kevin Partida (Yefferson Quintana, 88’); Magnus Eriksson (Jahmir Hyka, 78’), Jackson Yueill (Fatai Alashe, 71’), Florian Yungwirth, Valeri Qazaishvili; Danny Hoessen, Chris Wondolowski
Subs not used: Matt Bersano, Tommy Thompson, Christopher Wehan, Quincy Amarikwa
Stats Summary: RSL / SJ
Shots: 27 / 15
Shots on Goal: 8 / 4
Saves: 3 / 7
Corner Kicks: 7 / 6
Fouls: 8 / 14
Offside: 2 / 1
RSL – Damir Kreilach (caution) 12’
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Assistant Referees: Peter Manikowski, Chris Wattman
4th Official: Joseph Dickerson
VAR: Luis Guardia