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LAFC Scores On Goal By Carlos Vela In U.S. Open Cup Match

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SANDY, Utah – It didn’t take long for the best team in Major League Soccer to put up the first goal against Real Salt Lake.

Facing LAFC in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, a game that does not count in the MLS standings, RSL surrendered a goal in the eighth minute by Carlos Vela, who leads MLS in scoring.

Vela took a long pass that came from the center of the pitch, took a few dribbles down the right side and fired a shot that RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando couldn’t reach the ball on a diving attempt at a save.

RSL took the pitch without the guidance of head coach Mike Petke, who was away from the team receiving a coaching certificate in Minnesota.

The home team was also without the services of usual starters Albert Rusnak and Jefferson Savarino, who are both away on international duty.

The match between Real Salt Lake and LAFC is being shown on ESPN+.

 

RSL Schedule
09/29/2019
Houston
1
Real Salt Lake
2
10/06/2019
Real Salt Lake
1
Vancouver
0
10/19/2019
Portland
1
Real Salt Lake
2
10/23/2019
Real Salt Lake
0
Seattle
2
Western Conf. Standings
W-L-T Pts.
Los Angeles FC
21-4-9 72
Seattle
16-10-8 56
Real Salt Lake
16-13-5 53
Minnesota
15-11-8 53
Los Angeles
16-15-3 51
Portland
14-13-7 49
FC Dallas
13-12-9 48
San Jose
13-16-5 44
Colorado
12-16-6 42
Houston
12-18-4 40
Sporting Kansas City
10-16-8 38
Vancouver
8-16-10 34