RSL Faces Crucial Match on Saturday Against Minnesota United FC

SANDY, Utah (Friday, July 19, 2019) – Real Salt Lake is set to host Minnesota United FC at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, July 20 at8:00p MT in a vital Western Conference clash that could place RSL as high as fifth place in the West. Saturday’s match will be broadcast live locally on KMYU, the KSL TV app and ESPN 700 radio.

Single game tickets to Saturday’s match start at just $17 at RSL.com or by calling 844.REAL.TIX.

RSL is coming off an emphatic 4-0 drubbing of the Philadelphia Union last Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium, a match that saw FWJefferson Savarino notch his third MLS brace in the win. His two goals and assist were enough to propel the Venezuelan to MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 19 of the season. RSL also saw goals from MFs Albert Rusnák and Damir Kreilach in the win. The match against the Union also marked the second consecutive home match where RSL did not concede a shot on goal as GKNick Rimando earned his 149th career shutout.

Minnesota arrives in Utah sitting fourth in the Western Conference with a 10-7-3 (33 points) record through 20 matches, including a 4-6-0 (12 points) road record this season. RSL and Minnesota have played to a 1-2-1 record since 2017 with RSL holding the advantage at home at 1-0-1.

How to Follow Real Salt Lake vs. Minnesota United – Saturday, July 20, 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 vs. MIN 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 Minnesota United 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.

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 GladErik Holt and Marcelo Silva and on occasion, MF Nick Besler. On both sides of the backline, Homegrown DFs Aaron HerreraBrooks 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 19 matches.

In goal, legendary GK Nick Rimando has featured in 15 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. On July 6, Rimando became the first player in MLS to start and play in 500 regular season matches as he continues to set the bench mark for players across the league. 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.

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