RSL Welcomes Toronto FC to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday

REAL SALT LAKE HOSTS TORONTO FC ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN SANDY

RSL Looking to Build on 8-6-2 All-Time Record Over TFC; Fans Can Purchase $15 Tickets Using Promo Code: StrongerTogether at RSL.com

SANDY, Utah (Friday, May 17, 2019) – Real Salt Lake welcomes Toronto FC to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, May 18 at 1:00p MT. The match will be broadcast live locally on KMYU and the KSL TV app as Head Coach Mike Petke aims to build upon the club’s Western Conference’s best 100-26-46 (349 points) home record since 2009.

Fans can purchase $15 tickets by visiting RSL.com/promo and entering code: StrongerTogether at checkout.

RSL is coming off the back of a dramatic 3-2 victory over Rocky Mountain rival Colorado Rapids last Saturday, a match that saw the close affair settled by FW Sam Johnson’s fourth goal of the year and GK Andrew Putna’s second-half penalty kick save. RSL saw a pair of first-half strikes from FW Corey Baird and MF Albert Rusnák cancelled out just after the halftime break before a stronger second half performance ushered RSL to the full three points.

The last time RSL and Toronto faced one another was March of 2018 at BMO Field in Toronto, a match that saw Baird score his first goal in an RSL uniform to spur his historic AT&T Rookie of the Year campaign. RSL ultimately fell 3-1 in the match, despite a first-half penalty kick save from GK Nick Rimando.

TFC will arrive in Utah for its third match in seven days, having hosted Philadelphia on May 11 and D.C. United on May 15. Most recently, the Canadian club played to a scoreless draw with D.C. United on Wednesday.

How to Follow Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC – Sat., May 18, 2019

·         Coverage Begins: 12:30 p.m. MT

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

·         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 TOR 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 Toronto FC 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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