THIS WEEK AT RSL
Week of May 13 – May 19
Real Salt Lake
RSL got out of the gates quick and withstood a late comeback attempt in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids in the first leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. Albert Rusnák, Corey Baird and Sam Johnson all scored goals while Andrew Putna stopped a second-half penalty to secure victory on the road for the team’s second road win of the season.
Real Salt Lake is now 4-6-1 (13 points) and back in seventh place in the Western Conference, above the playoff line with two straight home games on the horizon. This week, RSL hosts Toronto FC in the first of two meetings against recent MLS Cup winners, with Atlanta United to follow next week at Rio Tinto Stadium. Saturday’s match against Toronto is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on KMYU and streamed on the KSL TV app and KSLsports.com, with radio coverage on ESPN700.
Utah Royals FC
Royals FC saw its undefeated start come to a close on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to the Houston Dash at Rio Tinto Stadium. Amy Rodriguez scored an early goal, but Rachel Daly responded with one on each side of halftime as Utah dropped points for the first time this season, falling to 3-1-0 (9 points) and second in the NWSL standings.
URFC looks get back in the win column on Sunday against the North Carolina Courage at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT with live coverage on KMYU, the KSL TV app and KSLsports.com.
In international news, the URFC trio of Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn and Christen Press all started on Sunday for the U.S. in a 3-0 win over South Africa in the first of three matches in the U.S. send-off series as the Stars and Stripes prepare for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The U.S. will face URFC defender Katie Bowen and New Zealand on Thursday in St. Louis before concluding the series against Mexico on May 26 in Harrison, New Jersey.
Real Monarchs SLC
The Monarchs (3-4-2, 11 points) were out of action over the weekend and return to the pitch on the road Saturday against OKC Energy FC in Oklahoma City.
The RSL Academy was back at Zions Bank Real Academy on Saturday after over a month between league matches and both the U-17s and U-19s scored 2-0 wins over Real So Cal to remain in contention for the USSDA Playoffs.
The U-19s got two goals from Julian Vazquez, giving him five goals on the season, and kept a clean sheet to improve to 13-4-5 (44 points), taking a firm hold of second place in the Southwest Division.
The U-17s saw Bode Davis score his 11th goal of the season in the third minute, but didn’t see the second goal added until the 85th minute when Nicolas Bellini netted his first of the year in a 2-0 win. The U-17s remain in fifth in the Southwest Division, holding on to the fourth Wild Card playoff position in the process.
Saturday marks the regular season finale for both teams, as the RSL Academy meets Pateadores at Zions Bank Real Academy with the U-17s kicking off at 11 a.m. MT with the U-19s to follow at 1:30 p.m. MT.