REAL SALT LAKE FACES THE SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES SATURDAY AT AVAYA STADIUM
RSL Seeks Separation in Western Conference Standings with Victory
SANDY, Utah (Friday, July 5, 2019) – Real Salt Lake returns to action on Saturday, July 6 to face the San Jose Earthquakes in a crucial Western Conference clash at Avaya Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:30p MT and can be seen live locally on KMYU and the KSL TV app.
RSL is coming off its second consecutive win, claiming a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Wednesday night. FW Sam Johnsonnotched his third goal in the last two matches, bringing his season total to a team-leading eight goals scored. GK Nick Rimandoearned his 148th career shutout – his 112th in an RSL uniform – in the victory.
RSL and San Jose saw a pair of draws against one another last season as a 1-1 draw on June 23 was matched by a scoreless draw on July 28. In the 1-1 draw, RSL saw a goal from MF Damir Kreilach cancelled out by a second-half strike from Danny Hoesen. The all-time series between the two sides sits at 10-10-11 with RSL leading the series by goal differential at +6.
San Jose enters the match on the back of a 3-1 loss at the hands of Minnesota United with Tommy Thompson notching the lone goal for the Quakes in the loss.
How to Follow Real Salt Lake @ San Jose Earthquakes – Saturday, July 6, 2019
· Coverage Begins: 8:00 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 Saturday’s RSL @ SJ 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 the Quakes 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 email@example.com.
As RSL enters the halfway point of the 2019 season, Head Coach Mike Petke’s team has seen eight different players notch goals for the club. The team is led in scoring by Designated Player FW Sam Johnson having scored eight goals in 16 matches played while MF Albert Rusnák has added another six goals on the year.
2018 RSL Golden Boot winner MF Damir Kreilach has remained a steady presence in the midfield for RSL in 2019, providing three goals and three assists in 16 starts this season. Playmaker FW Jefferson Savarino has three goals to his name, enough to earn a call-up to the Venezuelan Men’s National Team for the 2019 Copa America in Brazil.
On the backline, DF Nedum Onuoha has been a mainstay at centerback in his first full season with the club, starting and playing in 17 of the club’s 18 matches thus far. The former Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers defender has seen been paired alongside Homegrown DFs Justen Glad, Erik Holt and Marcelo Silva and on occasion, MF Nick Besler. On both sides of the backline, Homegrown DFs Aaron Herrera, Brooks Lennon and Donny Toia have battled for starting positions at right and left back. Herrera leads the defensive group in matches played in 2019 having featured in all 18 matches.
In goal, legendary GK Nick Rimando has featured in 14 matches in 2019, earning four shutouts. Prior to the commencement of the season, Rimando announced that 2019 – his 20th season in MLS would be his last and was recently selected by MLS Commissioner Don Garber for the 2019 MLS All-Star game in Orlando, Florida on July 31. GK Andrew Putna has also seen action in goal this season, starting four of RSL’s 18 matches while earning one shutout on the year in RSL’s dominant 3-0 victory over 2019 expansion side FC Cincinnati on April 19.