Real Salt Lake Looks For Fourth-Straight Win Against Montreal

May 28, 2019, 3:32 PM
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News...
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake has yet to play a midweek game in 2019. That will change this week as RSL heads to Montreal to face the Impact on Wednesday evening.

RSL has won three in a row as the team prepares for the Impact who currently sits in fourth place in the East. Montreal is winless through their last three MLS games, and are most recently coming off a 4-2 loss away from home against the best team in Major League Soccer, LAFC.

The History

Aug 11, 2018: RSL 1 – 1 MTL @ Rio Tinto Stadium
Aug 19, 2017: MTL 3 – 1 RSL @ Saputo Stadium
Jul 9, 2016: RSL 1 – 1 MTL @ Rio Tinto Stadium
May 16, 2015: MTL 4 – 1 RSL @ Saputo Stadium
Jul 24, 2014: RSL 3 – 1 MTL @ Rio Tinto Stadium

Montreal Key Players

Saphir Taider, one of Montreal’s international designated players, leads the team in goals with four, despite being a midfielder. The Frenchman is elusive and dangerous in the attacking third and have proven that he is capable of scoring goals for the Impact.

Second on the goal scoring list for the Impact is Argentine Ignacio Piatti, who is also a midfielder. Piatti has a wicked strike and has won the last four team most valuable player awards for Montreal. He is their best player.

Maximiliano Urruti is another Argentine that poses a threat to RSL in front of the goal. Urruti has bounced around MLS over the years, recently joining Montreal this year from FC Dallas. Prior to Dallas he spent time with the Portland Timbers and Toronto FC.

Ohio native Evan Bush has been Montreal’s starting goalkeeper since 2015. This year he has already produced 35 saves which includes a season high six stops last week against LAFC.

Real Salt Lake Club Update

RSL head coach Mike Petke told the media after last weekends win over Atlanta United that the lineup will shift with a mid week game in Montreal. The likes of Joao Plata, Everton Luiz and potentially Kyle Beckerman are expected to see more playing time this week as they have lately been coming off the bench and should offer some fresh legs for Petke.

Tony Beltran remains unavailable as he has been rehabbing a sore knee. Beltran is yet to join the main group at training this season.

Jefferson Savarino is up for MLS Goal of the Week after his stunning strike from 23 yards out in the dying seconds of the 2-1 win against Atlanta United. To vote click here.

Broadcast Info

The match against Montreal will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The game can be streamed live on or on the KSL TV app.

RSL Podcasts, in collaboration with Real Salt Lake, has launched a new podcast, The RSL Lion’s Den. It is the official Real Salt Lake podcast for all club news and updates. KSL Sports analysts Tom Hackett and Spencer Warne, along with RSL PR director Matt Gashck break down the games and discuss important club matters.

To listen to The Lion’s Den, click here. It is available on iTunes, Google Play or wherever podcasts are found. Please rate and subscribe to The Lion’s Den for all things Real Salt Lake.

Head coach Mike Petke and TV analyst Brian Dunseth have launched a new podcast titled Off The Chest. The duo discuss all matters of the world’s game in a entertaining and informative podcast that will be sure bring the laughs.

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