Real Salt Lake To Welcome Zlatan To Rio Tinto Stadium

Aug 31, 2018, 12:57 AM | Updated: Sep 18, 2018, 6:52 pm

SANDY, Utah – Coming off a major 6-0 win over the Colorado Rapids, Real Salt Lake will welcome Major League Soccer’s biggest star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to Rio Tinto Stadium.

In preparation to host the league’s most polarizing star, Real Salt Lake is going in with the mindset that Ibrahimovic is the LA Galaxy’s most dangerous weapon.

The plan, according to head coach Mike Petke, may be drastic.

“Quadrupole-team him, get a taller center back in here,” said Petke when asked what how to defend the 6’5” Ibrahimovic. “He’s a beast. He single-handedly won the game for them against us last time.”

Petke also stated that he’d like the team to play “tougher,” adding that he, a former center back, would deliver a nice, hard tackle early in the game if he were to play against Ibrahimovic.

Known for his brash personality and high goal-scoring volume, Ibrahimovic and his LA Galaxy are coming off a 1-1 draw to their crosstown rivals, Los Angeles FC, a result that left a bitter taste in their mouth. Ibrahimovic scored the lone goal for the Galaxy in the 15th minute, but surrendered a penalty kick goal in the second half and couldn’t convert another goal to finish with a tie. Postgame, a disappointed Ibrahimovic commented that the Galaxy “should have won the game easy.”

Holding on to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, Ibrahimovic, Sweden’s all-time leader in goals scored, said that the Galaxy has what it takes to move on to the postseason.

“We have everything in our hands. Hopefully the other teams lose the points and we can make it,” he said.

The game will be played Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night at 8 p.m.

  • Real Salt Lake Scoreboard

  • Real Salt Lake Team Leaders

  • Real Salt Lake Standings

Real Salt Lake

Kyle Ireland

Real Salt Lake GM Says Club Will Pull Trigger To Bring In ‘Right Pieces’

Real Salt Lake GM Elliott Fall said that the club will "definitely pull the trigger" when they find "the right piece" to bring in.
4 days ago
Kyle Ireland

Jasper Löffelsend: Real Salt Lake Hungry To Defend America First Field

Defender Jasper Löffelsend said that Real Salt Lake is hungry to defend America First Field and prove themselves at home.
4 days ago
Chandler Holt

Real Salt Lake Midfielder Diego Luna Named To U-20 U.S. Youth National Team

Real Salt Lake's Diego Luna will play for the U-20 United States Youth National Team in Spain. The 19-year-old has played 15 games for RSL.
4 days ago
Kyle Ireland

Real Salt Lake Forward Jefferson Savarino Named To Venezuela Roster

The Venezuelan national team named RSL forward Jefferson Savarino to its roster for upcoming friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan.
5 days ago
Real Monarchs - Training - Herriman...
KSL Sports

Real Monarchs Release 2023 MLS NEXT Pro Schedule

The Real Monarchs released their 2023 MLS NEXT Pro schedule Tuesday afternoon.
7 days ago
Chandler Holt

Real Salt Lake Loses Heartbreaker To Austin FC In Home Opener

Real Salt Lake lost in the home opener to Austin FC by one score, 2-1. Justen Glad scored the one goal for RSL.
10 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Real Salt Lake To Welcome Zlatan To Rio Tinto Stadium