RSL Welcomes LAFC Saturday in Sandy

REAL SALT LAKE HOSTS LEAGUE-LEADING LOS ANGELES FC SATURDAY IN SANDY

RSL Seeking Fourth Consecutive Win to Extend Six-Match Unbeaten Run; Tickets Available at RSL.com

SANDY, Utah – (Friday, August 16, 2019) – Real Salt Lake is set to welcome league-leading LAFC to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, August 17 at 8:00p MT as the club aims to win its fourth match in as many games. Saturday’s match can be seen live on KMYU and the KSL TV app and on the radio on ESPN700.

Tickets to Saturday’s match start at just $17 and can be purchased by visiting RSL.com or by calling 844.REAL.TIX.

Saturday’s match will mark the second match of three straight at home for RSL as the Utah side continues its climb up the Western Conference table. RSL enters Saturday’s match after claiming a dominant 3-0 victory Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday. FW Sam Johnson marked his return to the starting 11 with the game-winning goal in the first half before MF Albert Rusnák and FW Corey Baird added goals in the second half to sink Sounders FC. The victory also marked GK Nick Rimando’s 151st career shutout, RSL’s eighth of 2019.

Wednesday’s win also saw RSL improve upon a 6-1-3 (21 points) record since the end of the 2019 Gold Cup in June and improve its resounding home record to 9-2-1 (28 points) on the year.

RSL and LAFC’s all-time regular season record falls in the favor of Saturday’s visitors with LAFC holding an 3-0-0 record over RSL since 2018. The last time the sides faced one another in the regular season, LAFC claimed a stoppage time victory over RSL when Walker Zimmerman’s deflected strike from distance helped LAFC to a 2-1 win at Banc of California Stadium.

How to Follow Real Salt Lake vs. LAFC – Saturday, August 17, 2019
·         Coverage Begins: 7:30 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: N/A
 
Game Notes for Saturday’s RSL vs. LAFC Game Guide Available Online
The link to the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Saturday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles Football Club 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.

RSL enters the match seeing 10 different players notch goals for the club. The team is led in scoring by Designated Player FW Sam Johnson and MF Albert Rusnák with nine goals apiece and Rusnák adding an additional four assists.

2018 RSL Golden Boot winner MF Damir Kreilach has remained a steady presence in the midfield for RSL in 2019, providing four goals and five assists in 23 starts this season. Playmaker FW Jefferson Savarino has six goals and five assists 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, featuring in 19 of the club’s 25 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 24 of RSL’s 25 matches.

In goal, legendary GK Nick Rimando has featured in 21 matches in 2019, earning seven 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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