REAL SALT LAKE

Real Salt Lake Back In Front Of Home Crowd For Midweek Fixture Against Galaxy

Jul 21, 2021, 1:38 PM | Updated: 1:39 pm
Damir Kreilach - Real Salt Lake...
Damir Kreilach #8 of Real Salt Lake and Chris Pontius #12 of Los Angeles Galaxy go up for a header during a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on April 28, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
(Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Real Salt Lake returns home this Wednesday evening in a crucial Western Conference affair with the LA Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Both clubs are coming off poor losses and are in desperate need of returning to their winning ways. RSL will feel the brunt of the pressure ahead of and during the contest considering the match is being played on their home turf; a venue that has not produced as many points as the club is deserving of this season.

No Chicharito For Galaxy

The Galaxy currently sits third in the West but suffered a shock defeat against Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium over the weekend despite scoring the game’s first goal inside the opening five minutes.

Star striker Chicharito will likely miss the midweek fixture against RSL after suffering a “mild strain,” according to manager Greg Vanney two weeks ago during warmups before the 2-0 loss at home against Sporting Kansas City.

His replacement, Ethan Zubak has scored one goal in three appearances since the injury to Chicharito.

The Galaxy has struggled to find goals since the absence of Chicharito who was averaging a goal a game through 10 appearances. Former USMNT player Sacha Kljestan and attacking midfielder Rayan Raveloson have scored two goals on the year while five other players on the roster have added one goal to date.

Without Chicharito, the Galaxy has found scoring goals an almighty challenge.

Rubin, Wood In Scoring Droughts

RSL, on the other hand, have had their own issues in front of goal as of late. Newly signed striker Rubio Rubin found success in front of goal early in the season for RSL but has gone goalless in his previous seven games.

Bobby Wood is yet to score his debut goal for RSL in his five appearances with the club this season. Rather, it has been attacking midfielder Damir Kreilach who has proven the dangerous weapon for RSL in the attacking third. Kreilach currently leads all MLS midfielders in goals scored with seven.

Kreilach and right-back Aaron Herrera are up for MLS All-Star responsibilities. Herrera leads the team with five assists. Last game against LAFC, Herrera opened his MLS goal-scoring account after calmly slotting home RSL’s only goal of the match in the 18th minute. It was his 78th appearance with the club.

RSL has a 3-2-3 record at home this season but has struggled to capitalize on home-field advantage throughout the first third of the season. 7 of the teams opening 12 games have come at home thus far, with more away trips than home games scheduled for the remainder of the season, the pressure is mounting on RSL to capitalize in front of their home crowd.

Broadcast Info

RSL and the Galaxy will kick off at 8 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The match will be available to stream for free via the KSL Sports & KSL 5 TV app or on KSL Sports dot com.

 

  • Real Salt Lake Scoreboard

  • Real Salt Lake Team Leaders

  • Real Salt Lake Standings

Real Salt Lake

Brayan-Vera-Soccer-Serie-A...
Kyle Ireland and Tom Hackett, KSL Sports

Reports: Real Salt Lake Reaches Verbal Agreement With Colombian Defender

Real Salt Lake and Colombian defender Brayan Vera reached a verbal agreement, according to multiple reports.
4 days ago
Jefferson-Savarino-Real-Salt-Lake...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Front Office Still With Plenty Of Work Remaining

What should Real Salt Lake fans expect in year two of the David Blitzer and Ryan Smith reign? And where does the club need more depth?!
13 days ago
Javier-Morales-fights-for-ball-against-Monterrey-player-in-2011-champions-league-final...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Draws Concacaf Giants In Leagues Cup

Real Salt Lake has been placed in a Leagues Cup group alongside Liga MX giants Monterrey FC and MLS foe Seattle Sounders.
19 days ago
Diego-Luna-Real-Salt-Lake-During-Game...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake’s Diego Luna Called Into U.S. Under 20 Side

Real Salt Lake's Diego Luna has been called into the United States Under-20 training camp, the club announced. 
20 days ago
America-First-Field-Real-Salt-Lake...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Signs Gomez, Breaks Club Record Transfer Fee

Real Salt Lake has acquired winger Carlos Andrés Gómez from Colombian powerhouse Millonarios FC, the club has confirmed. 
29 days ago
Pablo Mastroeni - Watches - against- san jose...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Signs Homegrown Pair To First Team Roster

Real Salt Lake has announced the Homegrown signings of defenders Luis Rivera and Delentz Pierre to the 2023 first-team roster. 
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
jimmy-buffett-tour-art...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Real Salt Lake Back In Front Of Home Crowd For Midweek Fixture Against Galaxy