Sandy, Utah (Saturday, September 15, 2018) – Real Salt Lake (13-10-6, 45 points) extended its home unbeaten streak to 14 straight matches, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Minnesota United FC. With a crowd of 19,785 at Rio Tinto Stadium, MF Damir Kreilach scored in his third straight match while RSL controlled play in the first half. However a late goal from Minnesota left RSL with the draw, keeping the home unbeaten streak alive, but ending a three-game winning streak.
RSL dominated play in the first half, outshooting a fatigued Minnesota side 9-1. While just one of those shots was on frame, Kreilach made it count, scoring his 11th goal of the season in the 11th minute. MF Sunny recovered the ball in the midfield and played it forward for Kreilach, who worked around a defender and cut to the right before firing a shot inside the far post to put Salt Lake up 1-0. Although RSL threatened to add to its lead, that’s how the score would remain heading into halftime.
In the second half, Minnesota had two early opportunities thwarted as play leveled out. Then in the 84th minute, Darwin Quintero played a ball through the RSL defense to Miguel Ibarra all alone in the middle of the box. He turned and chipped it past GK Nick Rimando to equalize at 1-1. Minutes later, Minnesota had another goal waved off after video review confirmed that Quintero was offside and the match finished in a 1-1 draw.
RSL moves to 10-1-4 at home this season (10-0-4 in the current home unbeaten run) and remains in fourth in the Western Conference.
UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake will make its first ever visit to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to face Atlanta United FC on September 22. Atlanta won the only previous meeting between the two clubs, 3-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium on April 22, 2017.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
RSL: Damir Kreilach (Sunny), 11th minute – Sunny played the ball to Damir Kreilach 30 yards out and he played his way around one defender before clipping a shot past Bobby Shuttleworth and inside the far post for his 11th goal of the season, staking RSL to a 1-0 lead.
MIN: Miguel Ibarra (Darwin Quintero), 84th minute – Darwin Quintero played a ball through a scrum of RSL defenders to find Miguel Ibarra alone in the middle of the box. He collected the pass and chipped it over the oncoming Nick Rimando for his seventh goal of the season, equalizing at 1-1.
KEY SAVES AND DEFENSIVE STOPS:
RSL: Justen Glad, 48th minute – On a ball over the top, Romario Ibarra chased it down and tried to chip it around the oncoming Nick Rimando. It looked to be going wide, but Justen Glad ran it down to make the clearance before Darwin Quintero could get to it for a second effort.
RSL: Nick Rimando, 58th minute – Romario Ibarra got out on a break on a through ball up the left side and went 1v1 with Rimando. Ibarra attempted to shoot inside the near post, but Rimando got in front of it for the save.
- MF Luke Mulholland returned to the bench for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury in RSL’s 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on April 17. He later underwent back surgery and has been re
- MF Kyle Beckerman left the match after 66 minutes after suffering hamstring tightness.
Match: Real Salt Lake vs. Minnesota United FC
Date: September 15, 2018
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Weather: Partly cloudy and 86
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 1 0 1
Minnesota United FC 0 1 1
RSL: Damir Kreilach (Sunny) 11’
MIN: Miguel Ibarra (Darwin Quintero) 84’
Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Nick Rimando; Brooks Lennon, Nick Besler, Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera; Kyle Beckerman (Pablo Ruiz 66’), Sunny (Sebastian Saucedo 95+’); Jefferson Savarino, Albert Rusnák (Corey Baird 80’), Joao Plata; Damir Kreilach.
Subs not used: Andrew Putna, Danilo Acosta, Shawn Barry, Luke Mulholland.
Minnesota United FC (4-2-3-1): Bobby Shuttleworth; Michael Boxall, Brent Kallman, Wyatt Omsberg, Francisco Calvo; Fernando Bob, Maximiniano; Romario Ibarra, Darwin Quintero, Miguel Ibarra; Abu Danladi (Rasmus Schuller 24’).
Subs not used: Matthew Lampson, Marc Burch, Carter Manley, Ibson, Collen Warner, Collin Martin.
Stats Summary: RSL / MIN
Shots: 13 / 7
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 11
Offside: 0 / 4
RSL: Kyle Beckerman (Caution) 64’
MIN: Maximiniano (Caution) 74’
MIN: Wyatt Omsberg (Caution) 76’
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referees: CJ Morgante, Felisha Mariscal
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Video Assistant Referee: Jon Freemon
Assistant VAR: Brian Dunn