SANDY, Utah (Friday, June 21, 2019) – Real Salt Lake returns to MLS regular season action after a three-week hiatus due to the FIFA break when it faces the Chicago Fire on Saturday, June 22 at 6:00p MT. Saturday’s match can be seen live locally on KMYU and the KSL TV app and heard on ESPN 700.
RSL returns to league play currently holding the seventh spot in the Western Conference with a 6-8-1 (19 points) record through 15 matches.
RSL and Chicago have faced one another in the regular season on 21 occasions since 2005, with the series level at a 7-7-7 record. The Fire hold the all-time goal differential lead over RSL, owning a +5 lead in the series. The last time RSL and Chicago squared off was August 2018, with MF Damir Kreilach notching two goals on either side of halftime to give RSL the 2-1 home victory.
During its three-week break, RSL’s latest match came in the form of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s fourth round against LAFC at Rio Tinto Stadium where it ultimately fell 3-0.
How to Follow Real Salt Lake @ Chicago Fire – Saturday., June 22, 2019
· Coverage Begins: 5:30 p.m. MT
· Local TV: KMYU w/ 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 Tuesday’s RSL @ CHI 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 Chicago Fire 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.