RSL Returns to Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday to Host FC Dallas

SANDY, Utah (Friday, March 29, 2019) – Real Salt Lake returns to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday to host FC Dallas with kickoff set for 7:00p MT. Head Coach Mike Petke looks to lead his side to a full three points in the club’s second home contest of the 2019 regular season.

A “RIOT” Ticket special highlights Saturday’s match against FC Dallas with fans able to purchase tickets in the stadium’s south goal for just $10. Fans can purchase tickets in The Riot supporter’s section by going to RSL.com/promo and using code: RIOT.

RSL is coming off a spirited 2-1 loss at the hands of LAFC, a match that saw MF Damir Kreilach notch a first-half penalty kick for his first goal of 2019. The match also saw multiple debutants feature in their first Major League Soccer match as FW Tate Schmitt, MFs Justin Portillo and Luis Arriaga along with DFs Erik Holt and Donny Toia all making their RSL debuts.

The match against FC Dallas will see The Hoops return to Sandy where it fell to RSL 2-0 in early-July behind goals from MF Albert Rusnák and Luis Silva. RSL and FC Dallas played to a 1-1 draw on opening day of the 2018 season in a match that FW Joao Plata scored the lone goal for RSL.

How to Follow Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas – Sat., March 30, 2019

·         Coverage Begins: 7:00 p.m. MT

·         Local TV: KMYU with David James (play-by-play), Brian Dunseth (color) & Samantha Yarock (sideline)

·         Digital Streaming: KSL TV App

·         English Radio: ESPN700 with Bill Riley (play-by-play) & Jay Nolly (color)

·         Spanish Radio: 107.1 FM

Game Notes for Saturday’s RSL vs. FCD 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 FC Dallas is available HERE. If you have any problems obtaining the document, would prefer to receive it as an attachment, or are seeking more information on the match, please contact Taran Meyer in the RSL Communications Department via email at tmeyer@rsl.com.

Petke’s squad features a balanced attack that saw six players score five goals or more last season, led by club MVP and Golden Boot winner MF Damir Kreilach’s 12 goals to go with eight assists in his first MLS season. Rusnák finished last season with 10 goals and seven assists while FW Joao Plata had eight goals and eight assists and FW Jefferson Savarino notched seven goals and a team-leading 11 assists.  Reigning AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year FW Corey Baird leads a dynamic crop of Homegrown talent from the Real Salt Lake Academy, scoring eight goals with five assists in his debut professional season. 

Regular contributors in that group of young and rising talent from 2018 return as DF Justen Glad, DF Aaron Herrera, FW Sebastian Saucedo and the club’s Defensive Player of the Year, DF Brooks Lennon all look poised to be regulars for the side once again. Meanwhile, club legends MF Kyle Beckerman and GK Nick Rimando and DF Tony Beltran lead a young group into the club’s 15th season in the country’s top flight.

RSL welcomed nine new players to its squad for the 2019 season as FWs Julian Vazquez, Tate Schmitt and Sam Johnson; MFs Justin PortilloLuis Arriaga and Everton Luiz join DFs Donny Toia and Erik Holt as well as GK David Ochoa all became new faces in the offseason.

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