REAL SALT LAKE HOSTS LAFC SUNDAY AT RIO TINTO STADIUM
RSL Seeking Second Consecutive Victory Over LAFC in Sandy
SANDY, Utah – (Saturday, October 3, 2020) – Real Salt Lake will welcome LAFC to Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday, October 4 as the club looks to secure the second consecutive victory over the California side. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. MT with the live, local broadcast on KMYU, the KSL TV app and ESPN700 radio.
RSL enters Sunday’s match after playing to a scoreless draw at Minnesota United FC one week ago. Andrew Putna’s seven saves helped RSL secure the road point – the club’s first ever point taken in Minnesota.
Saturday will be the sixth meeting between RSL and LAFC since 2018 and in the team’s last meeting on September 9, RSL claimed its first regular season victory over LAFC in a dominant 3-0 win in Sandy. Goals from Damir Kreilach, Justin Meram and Albert Rusnákand a shutout performance from Andrew Putna helped push RSL to the full three points.
LAFC enters the match having dropped a 2-1 home loss to the San Jose Earthquakes last Sunday. LAFC currently sits in 7th place in the Western Conference.
How to Follow Real Salt Lake vs. LAFC – Sunday, October 4, 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 Sunday’s RSL vs LAFC game Available Online
Those seeking the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Sunday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and LAFC 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.