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RSL’s Damir Kreilach Sneaks Ball Past Keeper To Trim Deficit

Jul 27, 2020, 8:24 PM | Updated: Apr 26, 2021, 3:05 pm
Damir Kreilach #8 of Real Salt Lake celebrates after scoring a goal during a match against Colorado...
Damir Kreilach #8 of Real Salt Lake celebrates after scoring a goal during a match against Colorado Rapids in the MLS Is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 12, 2020 in Reunion, Florida. Real Salt Lake won 2-0. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
(Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Real Salt Lake forward/midfielder Damir Kreilach was able to sneak the ball past the San Jose goalkeeper to trim their deficit in the MLS is Back tournament.

In the 75th minute, Kreilach received the ball at the top of the box from Marcelo Silva when he turned and fired towards the goal with his left foot while the defender and the ball traveled far post past the Earthquakes goalkeeper. It trimmed San Jose’s lead to 3-2.

It’s the second goal of the tournament for Kreilach.

RSL’s first goal came in the 22nd minute to tie the match at one goal apiece in the Round of 16 of the MLS is Back Tournament.

Douglas Martinez scored seconds after San Jose scored the first goal of the match when Cristian Espinoza scored in the 21st minute. The young RSL forward found the ball after the restart when he received a well played ball from Corey Baird. That left Martinez alone with the San Jose keeper as he chipped the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

It’s only the fourth goal by Real Salt Lake in the MLS is Back Tournament. They beat the Colorado Rapids 2-0 in group play but later tied 0-0 with Minnesota United and lost to Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in the final match of the group stage.

The winner of this match will face the winner of Columbus and Minnesota in the quarterfinals on Saturday, August 1 at 6 p.m. MT on ESPN2.

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