ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Sunday, September 27, 2020) – Real Salt Lake (4-4-6, 18 points) earned its second consecutive shutout, blanking Minnesota United in a scoreless draw on Sunday at Allianz Field.
Andrew Putna made seven saves to earn his third shutout of the season and second in five days after a 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy on Wednesday. It was RSL’s sixth shutout in 14 matches this season.
Real Salt Lake outshot Minnesota 5-2 in the first half, but neither team was able to get on the scoresheet as Putna made one save and Dayne St. Clair stopped two long-range shots to keep the match scoreless heading into halftime.
Putna made two early saves on Emanuel Reynoso in the opening minutes of the second half. RSL would press for the winner throughout the half, but neither team was able to break the stalemate and RSL left with a point in a scoreless draw.
UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake will return home to face LAFC on Sunday, October 3 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. MT.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
- Real Salt Lake forward Giuseppe Rossi and midfielder Everton Luiz were not medically cleared to play.
- Forward Corey Baird was unavailable after missing the team flight to Minnesota on Sunday morning.
- Midfielder Kyle Beckerman made his 495th career MLS regular season appearance. He is now five away from becoming the first field player in MLS history to record 500 career regular season appearances.
- Of RSL’s six shutouts this season, three have come in scoreless draws, including two against Minnesota.
Match: Real Salt Lake at Minnesota United FC
Date: September 27, 2020
Venue: Allianz Field; St. Paul, Minnesota
Weather: Cloudy and 57 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 0 0
Minnesota United 0 0 0
Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Andrew Putna; Aaron Herrera, Marcelo Silva, Nedum Onuoha, Justen Glad; Pablo Ruiz (Nick Besler 78’), Damir Kreilach (Kyle Beckerman 79’); Maikel Chang (Donny Toia 90’+1), Albert Rusnàk, Justin Meram (Jeizon Ramirez 78’), Douglas Martinez (Sam Johnson 67’).
Subs not used: Zac MacMath, Erik Holt, Justin Portillo.
Minnesota United (4-3-3): Dayne St. Clair; Romain Metanire, Bakaye Dibassy, Michael Boxall, Chase Gasper; Jacori Hayes (Marlon Hairston 77’), Hassani Dotson, Jan Gregus; Robin Lod, Kei Kamara, Emanuel Reynoso.
Subs not used: Adrian Zendejas, Fred Emmings, James Musa, Thomas Chacon, Aaron Schoenfeld, Mason Toye, Raheem Edwards
Stats Summary: RSL / MIN
Shots: 12 / 14
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 7 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 19 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0
RSL: Pablo Ruiz (caution) 32’
MIN: Romain Metanire (caution) 37’
RSL: Justen Glad (caution) 85’
Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referees: Kathryn Nesbitt, Jeremy Kieso
4th Official: Fotis Bazakos
VAR: Nima Saghafi