REAL SALT LAKE TRAVELS TO SAN JOSE IN VITAL WESTERN CONFERENCE CLASH
Kickoff set for 8:30 p.m. MT Against the Earthquakes
SANDY, Utah – (Tuesday, October 27, 2020) – Real Salt Lake is set to travel to California to face the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday, October 27 in a vital Western Conference clash and the first of two consecutive matches against California opposition. Kickoff from Earthquakes Stadium is set for 8:30 p.m. MT with the match being broadcast live locally on KMYU, the KSL TV app and ESPN700 radio.
RSL enters the midweek contest just outside of the playoff picture, sitting just two points behind San Jose after a scoreless home draw with FC Dallas on Saturday. A shutout performance from Andrew Putna helped secure the point, but RSL wasn’t able to secure a goal despite 24 shots on the night, a club record-tying 18 coming in the first half.
Wednesday’s clash will be the 34th all-time meeting between RSL and San Jose with the series knotted at 11-11-11. In San Jose, RSL is 5-8-4 all-time.
How to Follow Real Salt Lake @ San Jose Earthquakes – Wednesday, October 28, 2020
·Coverage Begins: 8:00 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 Wednesday’s RSL @ SJE game Available Online
Those seeking the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Wednesday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and ‘Quakes 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.
Through 19 regular season matches in the 2020 regular season, RSL holds a 5-7-7 record (22 points) in the abbreviated season. After two draws to open the season before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, RSL finished 1-1-1 in the group stage of the MLS is Back Tournament in July before falling to the San Jose Earthquakes in the Round of 16.
RSL re-entered the regular season in home markets on August 22 with a 4-1 victory at the Colorado Rapids and has gone 4-6-4 in the MLS return to play.
RSL has seen 22 different players start matches in 2020 with 11 of those players earning at least 10 starts in that span. Goals have been scored by 10 different players for RSL in 2020 while eight players have registered assists this season.
The club has been led in scoring by Kreilach who has scored eight goals in 2020 – tied for fifth in MLS – followed by Justin Meramand Albert Rusnák with three goals apiece. On defense, RSL has seen a rotation of players at the centerback position with Justen Glad, Nedum Onuoha, Marcelo Silva and Erik Holt all seeing minutes on the backline. Aaron Herrera and Donny Toia have been mainstays at the outside back position and in midfield the club has seen a breakout season from Pablo Ruiz and Maikel Chang who is tied for 20th in MLS with five assists to complement Kyle Beckerman, Everton Luiz and Nick Besler in the middle of the field.
In goal, Andrew Putna has seen the majority of the minutes for RSL, starting 13 of the club’s 19 matches to earn three shutouts and a 4-5-4 record between the pipes.