RSL Hosts Orlando City SC Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium

SANDY, Utah (Friday, April 12, 2019) – Real Salt Lake returns to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday to host Orlando City SC with kickoff set for 7:00p MT

A “RIOT” Ticket special highlights Saturday’s match against Orlando City SC with fans able to purchase tickets in the stadium’s south goal for just $15. Fans can purchase tickets in The Riot supporter’s section by going to RSL.com/promo and using code: RIOT. General admission tickets to Saturday’s start at just $17 and are available at RSL.com or by calling 844.REAL.TIX.

RSL is coming off the back of a narrow 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC last Saturday, a match that saw FW Sam Johnson start his first match for the club. Against Seattle, FW Jefferson Savarino nearly helped RSL walk away from CenturyLink Field with a point, but his effort clattered off the post to see RSL drop its fourth straight match.

RSL Academy products continue to reign supreme during the 2019 Major League Soccer season having played a total of 1,881 minutes through six matches. Former RSL Academy men DFs Aaron Herrera and Brooks Lennon have played every minute for RSL this season.

RSL and Orlando City have met on just four occasions since the Florida side’s inception in MLS in 2015. RSL has never claimed victory over OCSC, holding a 0-2-2 all-time record against the Lions. In last season’s matchup at Orlando City Stadium, RSL began heavily on the front foot when FW Corey Baird clipped home in the 12thminute for the early lead. The hosts took over the match in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals to ultimately secure a 3-1 victory. Orlando enters the weekend having topped RSL’s Rocky Mountain rival Colorado Rapids 4-3 a week prior as star midfielder Luis Nani scored twice.

How to Follow Real Salt Lake vs. Orlando City SC – Sat., April 13, 2019

·         Coverage Begins: 6:30 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 v OCSC 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 Orlando City 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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