REAL SALT LAKE PLAY TO SCORELESS DRAW WITH MINNESOTA UNITED
RSL Remains Atop Group D as it Enters Final Group Match at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
KISSIMMEE, Florida – (Saturday, July 18, 2020) – Real Salt Lake played to a scoreless draw with Minnesota United FC on Friday night, keeping RSL atop Group D after two matches in the 2020 MLS is Back Tournament.
Goalkeeper Zac MacMath made three saves to preserve the shutout – his second of the tournament and third in four matches this season.
In a back-and-forth first half, Minnesota outshot RSL 5-3, though Salt Lake held the possession advantage. The best scoring chance came in first-half stoppage time when Robin Lod hit the crossbar. The rebound fell to Ethan Finlay, but his headed attempt was saved by MacMath and the match went into halftime scoreless.
The second half saw both sides tire as the match started to open up and both teams sought the breakthrough. MacMath faced another test early in the second half when he palmed away a low shot from Minnesota that looked destined for the back of the net. From there, both sides created chances that never materialized as the match ended scoreless.
UP NEXT: RSL will face Sporting Kansas City in the Group Stage finale on July 22 at 7 a.m. MT from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
- RSL midfielder Albert Rusnàk left the game in the 33rd minute with a left hip injury.
- Maikel Chang made his MLS debut for the club, coming on as a substitute in the 79th minute.
- RSL stays in the top spot in Group D with one match to play in the Group Stage.
Match: Real Salt Lake vs. Minnesota United
Date: July 17, 2020
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; Kissimmee, Florida
Weather: Clear and 81
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 0 0
Minnesota 0 0 0
Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Zac MacMath; Aaron Herrera, Marcelo Silva, Justen Glad, Donny Toia; Everton Luiz, Pablo Ruiz (Nick Besler 90’+2); Albert Rusnàk (Justin Meram 33’), Damir Kreilach (Giuseppe Rossi, 90’+2), Corey Baird (Maikel Chang 79’); Douglas Martinez (Sam Johnson 79’).
Subs not used: Andrew Putna, Erik Holt, Alvin Jones, Justin Portillo, Kyle Beckerman, Tate Schmitt, Milan Iloski
Minnesota United (4-2-3-1): Tyler Miller; Romain Metanire, Michael Boxall, Jose Aja, Chase Gasper; Jan Gregus, Osvaldo Alonso; Ethan Finlay (Hassani Dotson 65’), Kevin Molino (Thomas Chacon 46’), Robin Lod (Raheem Edwards 81’); Aaron Schoenfeld (Luis Amarilla 65’).
Subs not used: Fred Emmings, Luis Amarilla, James Musa, Marlon Hairston, Greg Ranjitsingh, Jacori Hayes, Mason Toye.
Stats Summary: RSL / MIN
Shots: 10 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 13 / 9
Offside: 2 / 1
RSL: Aaron Herrera (caution) 43’
RSL: Justin Meram (caution) 45’+2
MIN: Thomas Chacon (caution) 53’
MIN: Robin Lod (caution) 66’
RSL: Corey Baird (caution) 69’
Referee: Alex Chilowicz
Assistant Referees: Felisha Mariscal, Chris Elliott
4th Official: Guido Gonzalez, Jr.
VAR: Rosendo Mendoza
AVAR: Matthew Nelson