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Jefferson Savarino’s Strike Gives RSL Lead Over Union

Real Salt Lake forward Jefferson Savarino (7) scores while defended by Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty (26) during the first half of a game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, July 13, 2019. (Colter Peterson, Deseret News)

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake forward Jefferson Savarino gave the Claret and Cobalt the early 1-0 lead over Eastern Conference leader Philadelphia Union.

Savarino’s goal came in the 23rd minute as Aaron Herrera made a long pass from midfield to the RSL striker, who put one touch on the ball and fired the shot in the back of the net with his left foot.

It’s the fourth goal of the season for the Venezuelan, who is making his second appearance with RSL since returning from international duty at the Copa America Tournament.

Herrera picked up his third assist of the season.

RSL is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing loss last week on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes, when they gave up a goal in the final moments of the match to lose 1-0.

The Union hold a four point lead over D.C. United for the top spot on the Eastern Conference table.

The Real Salt Lake match can be streamed on KSLSports.com and the KSL TV app.

RSL Schedule
08/03/2019
New York City FC
1
Real Salt Lake
3
08/10/2019
Real Salt Lake
2
Sporting Kansas City
1
08/14/2019
Seattle
0
Real Salt Lake
3
08/17/2019
Los Angeles FC
2
Real Salt Lake
0
08/24/2019 @ 8:00 pm
Colorado
Real Salt Lake
08/31/2019 @ 8:30 pm
Real Salt Lake
Portland
09/11/2019 @ 7:30 pm
San Jose
Real Salt Lake
09/15/2019 @ 3:30 pm
Real Salt Lake
Minnesota
09/21/2019 @ 5:30 pm
Real Salt Lake
New England
09/25/2019 @ 7:30 pm
Los Angeles
Real Salt Lake
Western Conf. Standings
W-L-T Pts.
Los Angeles FC
18-3-4 58
Minnesota
12-8-6 42
Los Angeles
13-11-2 41
Real Salt Lake
12-10-4 40
Seattle
11-8-7 40
San Jose
11-9-5 38
Portland
11-9-4 37
FC Dallas
10-10-7 37
Houston
9-13-4 31
Sporting Kansas City
8-11-7 31
Colorado
7-13-6 27
Vancouver
6-12-9 27