REAL SALT LAKE WELCOMES SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC TO SANDY ON WEDNESDAY
RSL Returns to Rio Tinto Stadium Wednesday to Face the Defending MLS Cup Champions
SANDY, Utah – (Wednesday, September 2, 2020) – Real Salt Lake is set to welcome defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m. MT at Rio Tinto Stadium. The match will be broadcast live on KMYU, the KSL TV app and ESPN700 radio.
For a full list of safety protocols put in place for the match at Rio Tinto Stadium to keep players, staff, fans and media safe, click here.
RSL returns home for the first time since March 7 after playing to a dramatic 4-4 draw at Portland on Saturday in a game that saw RSL score two goals in the final five minutes of the match – including a stoppage-time goal from Sam Johnson – to secure the point on the road. Also notching goals in the draw were Corey Baird, Damir Kreilach and Giuseppe Rossi who scored his first goal in Major League Soccer.
Wednesday will be the 26th all-time meeting in the regular season between RSL and the Sounders who in 2019 topped RSL in the Western Conference Semifinal 2-0 en route to claiming its second MLS Cup Crown.
The Sounders enter the match after beating LAFC 3-1 in Seattle on Sunday.
How to Follow Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC – Wednesday, September 2, 2020
·Coverage Begins: 7:00 p.m. MT
·Local TV: KMYU w/ David James (play-by-play) & Brian Dunseth (color) with Samantha Yarock (sideline)
·Digital Streaming: KSL TV app
·English Radio: ESPN700
·Spanish TV: N/A
Game Notes for Wednesday’s RSL v SEA game Available Online
Those seeking the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Wednesday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and Seattle can be found here. Media members looking to receive the document as an attachment or have further questions are asked to please contact Taran Meyer in the RSL Communications Department via email at email@example.com.
RSL finished the 2019 regular season seeing 12 different players notch goals for the club. The team was led in scoring by MF Albert Rusnák with 10 goals, followed closely by FW Sam Johnson with nine goals while Rusnák added an additional five assists. 2018 RSL Golden Boot winner MF Damir Kreilach remained a steady presence in multiple roles for RSL in 2019, providing six goals and five assists in 32 starts this season.
On the backline, defender Nedum Onuoha returns in 2020 after becoming a mainstay at centerback in his first full season with the club, featuring in 27 of the club’s 34 matches. The former Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers defender was been paired alongside fellow returners Justen Glad, Marcelo Silva and Erik Holt and Nick Besler. On both sides of the backline, Homegrown defenders Aaron Herrera and Donny Toia return as the club welcomes MLS veteran Ashtone Morgan and MLS debutant Alvin Jones. Herrera led the team in matches played and minutes in 2019 having featured in 32 of RSL’s 34 matches for 2,768 minutes played.
In goal, David Ochoa and Andrew Putna return to the goalkeeping core and welcome veteran Zac MacMath to the team for the 2020 season. Putna saw action in goal for RSL and Real Monarchs last season, starting five of RSL’s 34 matches while earning two shutouts on the year in RSL’s dominant 3-0 victory over 2019 expansion side FC Cincinnati on April 19 and a scoreless draw against New England on September 21.