ST. PAUL, MN (Sunday, September 6, 2020) – Real Salt Lake (2-2-5, 11 points) fell 4-0 to Minnesota United FC on Sunday night, dropping its first result since Major League Soccer’s continuation of play after the MLS is Back Tournament.
RSL began the match well on the front foot and thought it had the go-ahead goal in the 12th minute when Giuseppe Rossi’s shot from 25 yards looked to have crossed the line after it was mishandled by Dayne St. Clair in the Minnesota net, but the referee let play continue. RSL again thought it had taken the lead again in the 26th minute when Nedum Onuoha’s header found the back of the net, only to be ruled narrowly offside.
Out of the halftime break in the 53rd minute, the hosts found the go-ahead goal through Chase Gasper whose first-time finish found the back of the net from inside the penalty area. Minnesota doubled its lead just nine minutes later when Robin Lod slipped in and scored on a breakaway in the 62nd minute to bring the score to 2-0.
As RSL looked to get itself back in the game, Minnesota found a third goal through Jacori Hayes who tucked home into an open net in the 75th minute. The hosts again found the back of the net through Lod who curled home his second of the evening in the 90thminute so solidify the 4-0 scoreline.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
MIN: Chase Gasper (Kevin Molino), 53rd minute: From a throw in on the near side, the ball was flicked to the far side of the field into the run of Gasper whose first-time shot from inside the penalty area flew past MacMath in the RSL goal for the lead.
MIN: Robin Lod (Emanuel Reynoso), 62nd minute: A breakdown in defense on the right side saw Reynoso slip Lod in behind the RSL defense and in against MacMath. Lod kept his composure to slot home and double the hosts advantage.
MIN: Jacori Hayes (Raheem Edwards, Kevin Molino), 75th minute: Springing a counterattack again down the right side of the field, Hayes made a secondary run in the box as Raheem Edwards and Kevin Molino combined the find him in the center of the box for the tap-in goal.
MIN: Robin Lod (Hassani Dotson), 90th minute: With room to move the ball near the top of the area, Dotson found the run of Lod on the far side who easily curled home his second goal of the evening to seal the victory.
- Giuseppe Rossi made his first RSL start and played 78 minutes.
- Douglas Martinez made his return to the starting lineup after missing the last two matches due to injury. The Honduran played 73 minutes in the loss.
- The loss marked the first for RSL since the league’s continuation of play in home markets. Through four matches in the continuation, RSL holds a 1-1-2 (5 points) record.
Match: Real Salt Lake at Minnesota United FC
Date: September 6, 2020
Venue: Allianz Field; St. Paul, Minnesota
Weather: Cloudy and 79 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 0 0
Minnesota United FC 0 4 4
MIN: Chase Gasper (Kevin Molino), 53’
MIN: Robin Lod (Emanuel Reynoso), 62’
MIN: Jacori Hayes (Raheem Edwards, Kevin Molino), 75’
MIN: Robin Lod (Hassani Dotson), 90’
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Zac MacMath; Justen Glad, Erik Holt, Nedum Onuoha, Tate Schmitt; Kyle Beckerman (Damir Kreilach, 78’), Everton Luiz, Nick Besler (Corey Baird, 73’), Giuseppe Rossi (Albert Rusnak, 78’); Douglas Martinez (Maikel Chang, 73’), Sam Johnson.
Subs not used: Andrew Putna, Marcelo Silva, Aaron Herrera, Pablo Ruiz, Justin Portillo
Minnesota United FC (4-3-3): Dayne St. Clair; Romain Metanire, Jose Aja, Michael Boxall, Chase Gasper; Jan Gregus, Osvaldo Alonso (Hassani Dotson, 18’), Emanuel Reynoso (Raheem Edwards, 72’), Kevin Molino, Robin Lod; Mason Toye (Jacori Hayes, 64’)
Subs not used: Greg Ranjitsingh, Bakaye Dibassy, James Musa, Marlon Hairston, Thomas Chacon
Stats Summary: MIN / RSL
Shots: 13 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls: 16 / 21
Offside: 1 / 2
MIN: Emanuel Reynoso (caution) 56’
RSL: Kyle Beckerman (caution) 73’
Referee: Marcos DeOliveira
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Kieso, Ian McKay
4th Official: Fotis Bazakos
VAR: Sorin Stoica
AVAR: Logan Bro