REAL SALT LAKE TO FACE WHITECAPS FC SATURDAY IN PORTLAND
Kickoff set for 8:00 p.m. MT from Vancouver’s Satellite Home in Oregon
SANDY, Utah – (Friday, October 9, 2020) – Real Salt Lake will travel back to Portland, Oregon on Saturday, October 10 to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the second time in 2020. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. MT from Providence Park with the match being broadcast live on KMYU and the KSL TV app and ESPN700 radio.
RSL enters Sunday’s match after falling 2-1 to Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday in Seattle, a match that saw RSL’s comeback fall short despite a Maikel Chang-generated own goal in the second half.
Wednesday will be the 24th all-time meeting between RSL and The ‘Caps as RSL looks to advance its 1-8-1 record at Vancouver since 2011. Saturday’s match will be played in a familiar environment for both sides at Providence Park as Vancouver calls Portland its temporary home for the remainder of the 2020 season while the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
In the last meeting between the sides, Whitecaps FC walked away from Utah 2-1 victors courtesy of goals from Lucas Cavallini and David Milinkovic. Justin Meram notched RSL’s lone goal of the match in the loss.
Vancouver enters the weekend’s match against RSL having dropped a 3-0 result to the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday in a match that saw two ‘Caps players receive reds cards.
How to Follow Real Salt Lake @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Saturday, October 10, 2020
·Coverage Begins: 7:30 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 Saturday’s RSL @ VAN game Available Online
Those seeking the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Saturday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and Whitecaps FC 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.