REAL SALT LAKE FALLS 3-1 TO LAFC
RSL Moves to 4-5-6 on the Year; Club back in Action Wednesday at Sounders FC
SANDY, Utah (Sunday, October 4, 2020) – Real Salt Lake (4-5-6, 18 points) dropped a 3-1 result to LAFC on Sunday night in front of 3,062 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Marcelo Silva’s second half header forced an LAFC own goal as RSL fell to 4-5-6 in 2020.
LAFC struck first after a long spell of possession in the 22nd minute led to Bradley Wright-Phillips tapping home into an empty net. LAFC doubled its advantage in the 27th minute when a quick counterattack led to Diego Rossi breaking in on the RSL goal before clipping the ball past Andrew Putna and into the far side netting. RSL pressed to cut the visitors lead in half but couldn’t find a goal as halftime arrived with LAFC leading 2-0.
Out of the locker room, RSL pressed for a goal and nearly found it from halftime substitute Sam Johnson but his header in the 57thminute went just wide of the frame. LAFC added a third goal in the 59th minute when Brian Rodriguez’s break inside the penalty area was clipped past Putna. Minutes later in the 64th minute, RSL got its goal when Silva’s thundering header found the bottom-right corner of the net after taking a deflection off of Eduard Atuesta for the own goal.
RSL looked to force a comeback that wasn’t to be as LAFC held on for the 3-1 win in Utah.
UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake will travel to Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday to face the Sounders for the second time in 2020 after a 2-2 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium on September 2. Kickoff from CenturyLink Field is set for 8:00 p.m. MT.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
LAFC: Bradley Wright-Phillips 22nd minute: A ball slipped through to Jose Cifuentes with a chance on goal found the back-post run of Diego Rossi whose first-time shot hit the post and bounced out to Wright-Phillips who tucked home into the empty net.
LAFC: Diego Rossi (Jose Cifuentes) 27th minute: A quick counterattack sprung Rossi into a 1v1 battle with the RSL defender. Rossi created space for himself to clip the ball past Andrew Putna in the RSL goal to find the far side netting.
LAFC: Brian Rodriguez (Bradley Wright-Phillips) 59th minute: Winning the ball to spring a counterattack in the defensive half, the ball found its way to Wright-Phillips who found the feet of Rodriguez streaking into the penalty area. Rodriguez evaded two RSL defenders and chipped the ball over the on-rushing Putna for the goal.
RSL: Own goal (Eduard Atuesta), 64th minute: Earning consecutive corner kicks, Pablo Ruiz swung in a cross to the penalty spot where Silva found himself free to head the ball down and into the bottom-right corner of the net after a deflection off the shin of Eduard Atuesta.
- Forward Giuseppe Rossi, midfielder Everton Luiz and defender Nedum Onuoha were not medically cleared to play.
- Defender Justen Glad was out while serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.
- Midfielder Albert Rusnak was away on international duty with Slovakia, scheduled to play in a 2020 UEFA Euro Qualifying Playoff against Ireland on Thursday, with UEFA Nations League matches against Scotland on October 11 and Israel on October 14. He will have a 10-day quarantine upon his return.
Match: Real Salt Lake vs. LAFC
Date: October 4, 2020
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Weather: Sunny and 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 1 1
LAFC 2 1 3
LAFC: Bradley Wright-Phillips 22’
LAFC: Diego Rossi (Jose Cifuentes) 27’
LAFC: Brian Rodriguez (Bradley Wright-Phillips) 59’
RSL: Own goal (Eduard Atuesta) 64’
Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Andrew Putna; Aaron Herrera, Marcelo Silva, Erik Holt, Donny Toia; Pablo Ruiz, Damir Kreilach; Maikel Chang (Jeizon Ramirez 75’), Corey Baird, Justin Meram (Sam Johnson HT); Douglas Martinez.
Subs not used: Zac MacMath, Nick Besler, Tate Schmitt, Justin Portillo, Kyle Beckerman, Milan Iloski,
LAFC (4-4-2): Pablo Sisniega; Latif Blessing, Jordan Harvey, Eddie Segura, Diego Palacios; Jose Cifuentes (Francisco Ginella 86’), Mark-Anthony Kaye, Eduard Atuesta; Diego Rossi, Brian Rodriguez, Bradley Wright-Phillips (Danny Musovski 65’)
Subs not used: Kenneth Vermeer, Dejan Jakovic, Mohamed El-Munir, Bryce Duke, Christian Torres, Andy Najar, Adrien Perez
Stats Summary: RSL / LAFC
RSL: Pablo Ruiz (caution) 60’
RSL: Sam Johnson (caution) 71’
RSL: Donny Toia (caution) 80’
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referees: Chris Elliott, Art Arustamyan
4th Official: Elijio Arreguin
VAR: Allen Chapman