27' - RSL - Albert Rusnák
76' - RSL - Damir Kreilach
Despite a couple big stops from Clint Irwin, the Rapids struggled to get momentum in their opener vs RSL. The team now looks ahead at a big matchup against Sporting Kansas City on Friday, July 17 at 6 PM.
Real Salt Lake have now won four straight Rocky Mountain Cup fixtures, with the latest a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids during Group D of the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando.
Zac MacMath posted his second shutout of the year, and Albert Rusnak opened his 2020 scoring account in the 27th minute. After Douglas Martinez’s cross was parried away, the Designated Player cleaned up the scraps and made it 1-0 with a left-footed shot.
Colorado could have seized momentum in the 72nd minute, when Clint Irwin made a spectacular double save on an RSL penalty kick. He denied Rusnak’s initial effort after diving low to his left, then robbed the follow-up shot from Nick Besler. The whole sequence made amends for Irwin fouling Martinez after Lalas Abubakar misplaced a back pass.
But the balance swayed in RSL’s favor, as Damir Kreilach drove home a long-range blast into the bottom corner. He collected a centering pass from Corey Baird in the 76th minute, and made no mistake with the one-time finish.