SANDY, Utah (Tuesday, May 28, 2019) – Real Salt Lake is set for its first double-match week of the 2019 campaign as it first visits the Montreal Impact on Wednesday, May 29 at Stade Saputo. Kickoff from Montreal is set for 5:30p MT as Head Coach Mike Petke looks to lead RSL to its fourth consecutive victory.
RSL travels to Canada on the back of a dramatic 2-1 victory over defending MLS Cup champion Atlanta United on Friday at Rio Tinto Stadium. The victory saw a signature strike from FW Sebastian Saucedo supplemented by a last-gasp wonder-strike from FW Jefferson Savarino in stoppage time to seal the club’s third straight victory.
The last time RSL and the Montreal Impact faced one another on August 11, 2018, saw FW Joao Plata score a penalty kick before a second half strike from Impact defender Jukka Raitala leveled the match at 1-1.
The Montreal Impact are coming off a 4-2 loss at the hands of Western Conference leaders LAFC last Friday. LAFC dominated the majority of the match before the Impact notched two late goals. The Impact currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference at 6-6-3 (21 points) and will be looking to build upon an undefeated 3-0-0 record against RSL in Montreal on Wednesday.
How to Follow Real Salt Lake @ Montreal Impact – Wed., May 29, 2019
· Coverage Begins: 5:00 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 @ MTL game Available Online
The link to the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Wednesday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and Montreal Impact 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Portillo, Luis Arriaga and Everton Luiz join DFs Donny Toia and Erik Holt as well as GK David Ochoa all became new faces in the offseason.