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Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) organizes his defense during the RSL versus Orlando City soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)
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VAR Goes Rimando’s Way Early In First Half

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) organizes his defense during the RSL versus Orlando City soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

SANDY, Utah – A potential penalty by Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, originally called a goal kick but reviewed by VAR, was upheld by referee Victor Rivas in the 16th minute of RSL’s game against the Columbus Crew.

During the play, Crew striker J.J. Williams got in behind the RSL defense, and had a one-on-one opportunity with Rimando. However, Rimando was able to force Williams into kicking the ball out of bounds.

Rivas originally called a goal kick for Real Salt Lake, but was compelled to give the call a second look on the insistence from VAR. Rivas looked at the play, but determined his original call was the correct one.

The call could have resulted in a penalty kick for Columbus, as the play occurred in Real Salt Lake’s 18-yard box.

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