REAL SALT LAKE DRAWS 2-2 WITH SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
RSL Returns to Rio Tinto Stadium as Pablo Ruiz Scores First of MLS Career; Justen Glad Adds Goal in Draw
SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, September 2, 2020) – Real Salt Lake (2-1-5, 11 points) came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday night in front of 4,062 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium in RSL’s first home match in Sandy in 179 days.
Justen Glad scored in his return to the starting group while Pablo Ruiz notched his first goal in Major League Soccer.
Real Salt Lake began the match on the front and created several chances that it couldn’t turn into goals. Momentum switched in the 28th minute when Aaron Herrera was called for a handball inside the penalty area that resulted in Nicolas Lodeiro slotting home the ensuing penalty kick in the 29th minute.
Right out of the halftime break, RSL pressed Seattle and found the equalizing goal through Glad who headed home his first of the year from an Albert Rusnák corner kick. In the 69th minute, Seattle regained the lead through Yeimar Gomez when his headed effort at the back-post beat Andrew Putna in the RSL goal. Ruiz stole a point from the visitors in the 85th minute when his thunderous long-range effort left Sounders’ goalkeeper Stefan Frei helpless as the game ended 2-2.
UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake will now travel to Minnesota to take on Minnesota United at Allianz Field on September 9. Kickoff is set for 6:00p MT.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
SEA: Nicolas Lodeiro (PK) 29th minute: After a handball in the box from an RSL defender, the Sounders were awarded a penalty kick that Lodeiro dispatched to Andrew Putna’s left side.
RSL: Justen Glad (Albert Rusnák) 50th minute: Earning a corner kick, Rusnák swung in a ball toward the top of the six-yard box that was met well by Glad who headed home his first goal of 2020.
SEA: Yeimar Gomez (Alex Roldan, Jordy Delem) 69th minute: After a short corner was played, the ball was recycled out to the top of the area before it found its way to Roldan who clipped the ball towards the back post. Gomez met the ball with an open run at the back post to reclaim Seattle’s lead.
RSL: Pablo Ruiz 85th minute: Sitting near the edge of the area on a corner kick from Albert Rusnák, Ruiz collected the ball from nearly 30 yards and unleashed a thunderous shot that easily found the back of the net.
- RSL had two players unavailable due to injury – Chris Garcia and Douglas Martinez.
- Midfielder Kyle Beckerman returned from a two-match suspension. Beckerman played three minutes in the draw.
- Pablo Ruiz scored his first goal in Major League Soccer when he scored in the 85th minute to secure the draw.
- Justen Glad’s goal was his first since October 1, 2016, and third in his MLS career.
- RSL has now scored 10 goals in the last three matches in a 4-1 road win over the Colorado Rapids and a 4-4 road draw with the Portland Timbers and a 2-2 home draw against Seattle Sounders FC.
- RSL is now 9-1-3 all-time against the Sounders at Rio Tinto Stadium. The draw extended RSL’s home unbeaten streak against Seattle to ten straight matches, dating back to a 2011 defeat.
- RSL broke a 360-minute home shutout streak against the Sounders when Lodeiro scored a first half penalty.
Match: Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Date: September 2, 2020
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Weather: Sunny and 82 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 2 2
Seattle Sounders FC 1 1 2
SEA: Nicholas Lodeiro (PK) 29’
RSL: Justen Glad (Albert Rusnák) 50’
SEA: Yeimar Gomez (Alex Roldan, Jordy Delem) 69’
RSL: Pablo Ruiz 85’
Starting XI: Andrew Putna; Aaron Herrera, Marcelo Silva, Justen Glad, Donny Toia; Pablo Ruiz (Kyle Beckerman, 87’), Damir Kreilach; Maikel Chang (Giuseppe Rossi, HT), Albert Rusnàk (Everton Luiz, 87’), Justin Meram (Sam Johnson, 70’); Corey Baird.
Subs not used: Zac MacMath, Nedum Onuoha, Tate Schmitt, Nick Besler, Milan Iloski,
Seattle Sounders FC (4-3-3): Stefan Frei; Shane O’Neill, Yeimar Gomez, Xavier Arreaga; Alex Roldan (Kelvin Leerdam, 83’), Jordy Delem (Joao Paulo, 71’), Nicolas Lodeiro, Nouhou Tolo (Joevin Jones, 71’); Cristian Roldan, Handwalla Bwana (Jordan Morris, 56’), Rual Ruidiaz (Will Bruin, 83’)
Subs not used: Stefan Cleveland, Miguel Ibarra, Joshua Atencio
Stats Summary: RSL / SEA
Shots: 12 / 5
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 16 / 11
Offside: 3 / 5
SEA: Xavier Arreaga (caution) 18’
RSL: Aaron Herrera (caution) 28’
RSL: Damir Kreilach (caution) 45’+2
SEA: Joao Paulo (caution) 80
RSL: Corey Baird (caution) 90’
Referee: Malik Badawi
Assistant Referees: Jeff Hosking, TJ Zablocki
4th Official: Tim Ford
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
AVAR: Fabio Tovar