HONOLULU, Hawaii (Sunday, February 10, 2019) – Real Salt Lake finished off an otherwise solid week in Hawaii with a 3-1 loss to V-Varen Nagasaki in the Pacific Rim Cup final on Sunday at Aloha Stadium.
RSL got a goal from FW Julian Vazquez and several saves from GK Andrew Putna, but couldn’t hold off the Japanese club.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, RSL pulled one back in the 84th minute through Vazquez, but the comeback effort was short-lived as Nagasaki went back on the other end with a quick strike for the 3-1 final score.
Real Salt Lake now departs for Tucson, Arizona, where the club will finish preseason with four matches in two weeks before returning to Utah.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
VVN: 20th minute – On a cross from the left side, Nagasaki got a boot to the ball to put it back across the goal, bouncing it off the far post and in for the 1-0 lead.
VVN: 39th minute – On a counter-attack, Nagasaki put a shot away from near the penalty spot to make it 2-0
RSL: Julian Vazquez (Andrew Brody) 84th minute – A loose ball fell to Andrew Brody and he touched it to Julian Vazquez 25 yards out. He put it on his left foot and fired a shot that caromed off the bottom of the crossbar and in to pull RSL within a goal at 2-1.
VVN: 85th minute – Nagasaki didn’t waste any time in extending its lead back to two goals, getting free up the left side and putting a shot past Andrew Putna to make it 3-1.
Match: Real Salt Lake vs. V-Varen Nagasaki
Date: February 10, 2019
Venue: Aloha Stadium; Honolulu, Hawaii
Weather: Mostly Cloudy and 68
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 1 1
V-Varen Nagasaki 2 1 3
RSL: Julian Vazquez (Andrew Brody) 84’
Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Andrew Putna; Brooks Lennon (Adam Henley 63’), Erik Holt (Luis Arriaga 63’), Nedum Onuoha (Kalen Ryden 63’), Aaron Herrera (Andrew Brody 63’); Kyle Beckerman (Justin Portillo 63’), Nick Besler; Jefferson Savarino (Maikel Chang 63’), Albert Rusnák (Pablo Ruiz 76’), Corey Baird (Julian Vazquez 63’); Sam Johnson (Kyle Coffee 63’).