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RSL’s Toia Sparks Shoving Match With Hard-Nosed Play

Courtesy of RSL

SANDY, Utah – LAFC and Real Salt Lake got into a heated moment at the start of the second half after a physical play by RSL’s Donny Toia.

Toia clotheslined LAFC’s Latif Blessing and was immediately given a yellow card for the reckless play. Blessing’s teammates took exception to the play and a few shoves from both sides were given to the other as LAFC expressed its displeasure with the incident.

No further yellow cards or discipline were given and play resumed a few seconds later.

LAFC led after the first half thanks to a goal by its leading scorer, Carlos Vela, in the eighth minute. RSL remained in striking range thanks to a couple of solid stops by Nick Rimando.

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+.