RSL Visits LA Galaxy Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park

SANDY, Utah (Saturday, April 27, 2019) – Real Salt Lake returns to action to face Western Conference rival LA Galaxy on Sunday, April 28 at 6:00p MT. The meeting between the sides will be the 39th regular season meeting between the two clubs.

RSL travels to Los Angeles carrying two consecutive victories over Orlando City and FC Cincinnati over the previous two weeks, claiming 2-1 and 3-0 wins respectively. In its last outing, RSL topped Cincinnati courtesy of a brace from MF Albert Rusnák and a first half strike from FW Sam Johnson who scored his second in as many matches. The Utah side also saw a standout performance from its backline and the season’s first start for GK Andrew Putna who earned his first shutout of the year – the team’s second.

The match against the Galaxy will be the first meeting between the two clubs since RSL’s record-breaking 6-2 victory over the California side last September. In that match, MF Damir Kreilach led RSL with a hattrick while Rusnák notched a brace and MF Jefferson Savarino added another goal in the rout at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL carries a 7-11-2 (23 points) all-time away record into Dignity Health Sports Park.

How to Follow Real Salt Lake @ LA Galaxy – Sun., April 28, 2019

·         Coverage Begins: 5:30 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 @ LA game Available Online

The link to the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Sunday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and LA Galaxy 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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