Preseason: Real Salt Lake falls 1-0 in Portland

TUCSON, Arizona – Real Salt Lake dropped a 1-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers in the club’s first preseason match against an MLS opponent on Thursday.  A first-minute goal by Lucas Melano was the difference in the game as RSL fell to 1-2-0 in three preseason matches this year.

The match at FC Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex saw the debut of Sunday “Sunny” Stephen Obayan in the midfield and an un-named defender play the final 30 minutes while on trial.  However, the match was marred by a first-half melee that saw one player ejected from both teams, although both teams were allowed to finish the match with 11 men.

The Timbers got out to a hot start with Dairon Asprilla led Melano into the box with a cross from the right side that skipped past Jack McInerney and Melano put it past Nick Rimando for a goal less than 30 seconds from kickoff to put RSL into a 1-0 deficit.

While Portland continued to apply pressure and got a handful of scoring chances, RSL got its first dangerous opportunity in the 20th minute when Juan Manuel Martinez carried the ball into the attack and fired a shot from the top of the box that narrowly missed over the crossbar.

In the 30th minute, an otherwise tranquil match turned fiery when Jermaine Taylor challenged Yura Movsisyan and Javier Morales from behind.  The resulting melee led to ejections of Movsisyan and McInerney, though both teams were able to bring on substitutes to keep the match 11v11, as Devon Sandoval replaced Movsisyan five minutes after the incident and Ben Polk came on for McInerney.

That score remained through the first half, despite Salt Lake holding some dangerous possession and Portland attacking frequently on the counter.

In the 59th minute, Salt Lake got into the box after a misplayed clearance by Jake Gleeson.  Juan Manuel Martinez and Joao Plata got out on the break and Martinez found Plata for a shot from the top of the box, but it skipped just wide.

After wholesale changes for RSL, the Claret-and-Cobalt had another chance off a set piece in the 71st minute.  Olmes Garcia was pulled down just outside the box for the foul and on the free kick, Luke Mulholland missed just over the crossbar with the right-footed smash.

That would be the last good opportunity of the match as it concluded with Portland winning 1-0.

Real Salt Lake’s next match is Sunday at 11 a.m. MT at Kino Sports Complex against Seongnam FC from South Korea.  The match will be streamed live on


Tucson, Arizona

Goals by Period                    1          2          F
Real Salt Lake                       0          0          0
Portland Timbers                 1          0          1

Scoring Summary:

POR: Lucas Melano (Dairon Asprilla) 1’

Misconduct Summary:

RSL: Kyle Beckerman (caution, foul) 23’
POR: Jermaine Taylor (caution, foul) 29’
RSL: Yura Movsisyan (ejection, fight) 30’
POR: Jack McInerney (ejection, fight) 30’

Real Salt Lake (4-3-3): Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran (Chris Wingert, 60’), Jamison Olave (Justen Glad, 60’), Aaron Maund (Trialist, 60’), Demar Phillips (Max Lachowecki, 60’); Kyle Beckerman (John Stertzer, 60’), Sunday Stephen Obayan (Luke Mulholland, 60’), Javier Morales (Amass Amankona, 60’); Juan Manuel Martinez (Olmes Garcia, 60’), Yura Movsisyan (Devon Sandoval 33’), Joao Plata (Emery Welshman, 60’).
Portland Timbers (4-1-4-1): Jake Gleeson (Wade Hamilton 60’); Alvas Powell (Taylor Peay, 60’), Jermaine Taylor (Trevor Morley, 46’), Nat Borchers (Anthony Manning, 46’), Andy Thoma (Zarek Valentin, 60’); Diego Chara (Ben Zemanski, 60’); Dairon Asprilla (Neco Brett, 46’), Darlington Nagbe (Eric Avila, 60’), Diego Valeri  (Jack Jewsbury, 46’), Lucas Melano (Trialist, 60’); Jack McInerney (Ben Polk, 31’).

X Games Aspen 2016 Reveals First Wave of Invited Athletes

ESPN returns to Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen Snowmass, January 28-31, 2016, for the 15th consecutive year to televise the world’s premier action sports competition with live coverage on ESPN and ABC. The 2016 event will again feature action sports competitions, world-class musical performances and a festival village.

The first wave of athlete invites will include 83 additional invitations to compete at X Games Aspen 2016. For X Games Aspen 2016, all 2015 medalists with sport disciplines returning in 2016 received an automatic invite to compete in the 2016 event. For a complete list of invited athletes please visit

ESPN and ABC will televise a combined 16 hours of live X Games Aspen competition.  Additional competition, music and behind-the-scenes content will be carried on ESPN3 as well as the latest coverage across ESPN digital platforms, including, X Games app, X Games pages across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and more.

Rider: Sage Kotsenburg | Photo: Tom Zuccareno/ESPN Images

The first wave of invited athletes includes:

  • Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colorado) – One of the most well-rounded freestyle skiers, Kenworthy is a triple threat in Slopestyle, SuperPipe and Big Air at X Games Aspen. Though he has only an X Games bronze to his name, Kenworthy is one to watch as the five-time consecutive AFP overall champion and Sochi Olympic silver medalist.
  • Torin Yater-Wallace (Aspen, Colorado) – Plagued by injury in 2014 and 2015, Yater-Wallace is healthy and ready to reclaim his spot atop the hometown podium. Earning his first X Games medal with a silver at just 15 years old, Yater-Wallace has since added three more X Games medals to his trophy case.
  • Colten Moore (Krum, Texas) – The defending Freestyle gold medalist, Moore will look to add his third Snowmobile Freestyle gold as the discipline returns to X Games Aspen 2016. After winning his first gold at X Games Aspen in 2012, Moore has earned five additional medals in Freestyle, Best Trick, Speed & Style and Long Jump. Originally a freestyle ATV rider, Moore performs on the Nitro Circus tour riding both his ATV and Snowmobile.
  • Mike Schultz (St. Cloud, Minnesota) – The five-time consecutive SnoCross Adaptive gold medalist, Schultz was injured competing in the Snowboarder X Adaptive discipline at X Games Aspen 2015 and was unable to complete the six-peat. A seven-time medalist, Schultz has competed at X Games in SnoCross Adaptive, Snowboarder X Adaptive and Moto X Racing Adaptive.
  • Yuki Kadono (Tokyo, Japan) – Making his X Games Aspen debut with a silver medal in Snowboard Big Air in 2014, Kadono hasn’t looked back. In 2015 Kadono added X Games Big Air silver, a win at the Los Angeles Air + Style with the first-ever switch backside triple cork 1620 and a win at the Burton U.S. Open with the first ever back-to-back triple cork 1620s.
  • Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen (Geilo, Norway) – In her rookie year, Christiansen topped the podium at X Games Aspen 2013, claiming gold in Ski Slopestyle and went on to secure silver a few months later at X Games Tignes 2013. Raised in a family full of professional skiers and national champions, Christiansen won silver medals at both the Junior World Championships and Youth Olympic Games in 2012. Most recently, she won gold in the Silvaplana Freeski World Cup.
  • Arielle Gold (Breckenridge, Colorado) – A two-time X Games bronze medalist, Gold has finished in the top four at each X Games event in which she has competed. Both she and older brother Taylor earned the chance to compete at the Sochi Olympics, with Arielle being the youngest member of the halfpipe team.

The full initial list of invited athletes can be found on The full X Games Aspen 2016 competition schedule will be available on for fans and for media in the coming weeks. Follow the X Games on Twitter at

Tickets and full music and competition schedules are now available at As always, general admission to the action sports competitions and festival villages is free to the public.

*PLEASE NOTE: The invited athlete list and competition schedule is constantly being updated and is subject to change.