Head Coach Mike Petke
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – Real Salt Lake has finally ended the win less 2017 drought with a stunning 3-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps at the RioT in Mike Petke’s debut for the Claret and Cobalt.
Brooks Lennon played through snow.
The evening started out cold and rainy, but within 15 minutes it had transitioned to cold and snowy. RSL didn’t seem to to be phased by the weather as they came out with very aggressive play, and didn’t let up for the entire 90 minutes.
Brooks Lennon started off with the kind of strong play we are quickly getting used to since he joined the team, he did struggle a little with some poor decisions midway through the first half, but his strong play was still a big part of the team success.
Kyle Beckerman Red Card
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy met up for the first time in this young 2017 season with both clubs without a win. RSL fans got to have a great look at some of the new talent with outstanding performances from Sebastian Saucedo and Brooks Lennon, but even with the early lead it wasn’t enough to overcome a barrage of yellow cards with LA pulling out the 1-3 win.
Yura Movsisyan put RSL on top 1-0 in the 18th minute when he headed on into the net, and it looked like all the momentum was on the their side. It all began to change in the 34th minute. Luke Mulholland was fouled by Jermain Jones in the midfield and he reacted with a push to Jones. When we were finished both Mulholland and Beckerman walked away with the yellow cards. Continue reading
Real Salt Lake
SANDY, Utah (Saturday, March 4, 2017) – Real Salt Lake began the 2017 campaign with a scoreless draw against the 2016 MLS Cup runners-up Toronto FC. In a tightly-contested and physical match, RSL GK Nick Rimando’s first half penalty kick stop proved to be the difference.
The game began in early-season fashion with neither team getting a firm hold on the game in the first 20 minutes with wind affecting both team’s ability going forward.
The game’s intensity sped up exponentially when Toronto FC Sebastian Giovinco was brought down by Rimando in the box in the 30th minute, resulting in a TFC penalty kick. Rimando saved the ensuing PK, diving low to his left, hanging onto the Giovinco’s effort. Continue reading