REAL SALT LAKE

Damir Kreilach Awarded Major League Soccer Player Of The Week Award

Nov 8, 2021, 2:58 PM
Photo courtesy: Real Salt Lake...
Photo courtesy: Real Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake midfielder/forward Damir Kreilach has been named the MLS Player of the week for the second time this season. He is the only Real Salt Lake player to have been awarded the award this season.

Kreilach scored in the 95th minute to send Real Salt Lake to the MLS Playoffs with essentially the final kick of the regular season. Prior to the match, Real Salt Lake was required to win if they intended on playing in the post-season. They did not need any other team’s help. It was a win and you’re in scenario.

The match was level 0-0 in stoppage time, Aaron Herrera whipped in a cross that was punched by Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia and fell to the feet of Everton Luiz who attempted to strike the ball on the volley. Luiz did not make great contact with his attempted shot and the ball bounced to Justin Meram who attempted a bicycle kick, but much like Luiz, did not make great contact and the ball fell to Kreilach at the top of the six-yard box. Kreilach stuck his right foot out and the ball flew into the back of the net.

Real Salt Lake burst into pandemonium. With the final kick of the 2021 MLS regular season, Real Salt Lake qualified for the playoffs and eliminated the LA Galaxy in the process.

King Kreilach

Kreilach has had a special season in the Real Salt Lake kit. He leads the team in goals with 16 and was only three goals shy from securing the MLS Golden Boot award. He was also selected as an All-Star earlier in the season, becoming the first Real Salt Lake All-Star since Nick Rimando was selected by MLS Commissioner Don Garber as a commissioner’s pick during his final season in 2019.

Real Salt Lake will now play the Seattle Sounders in the first round of the playoffs. The date and time of the fixture are yet to be announced. MLS will endure a two-week break before the start of the playoffs due to a FIFA international window.

 

  • Real Salt Lake Scoreboard

  • Real Salt Lake Team Leaders

  • Real Salt Lake Standings

Real Salt Lake

Real-Salt-Lake-Broadcast-Team...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Broadcast Duo Calls Final Game Together

Real Salt Lake television broadcasters David James and Brian Dunseth have called their final broadcast together.
1 day ago
Sergio Cordova - RSL vs. Portland Timbers - Preseason...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Playoff Bound With Win Versus Portland

The 2022 season for Real Salt Lake will come down to the final game of the year when they host Portland Timbers on Decision Day. 
1 day ago
Pablo-Mastroeni-Real-Salt-Lake...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Splits Points With Galaxy, Playoff Hopes Remain

Real Salt Lake settled for a draw against Los Angeles Galaxy in California despite being outplayed in all areas of the pitch.
3 days ago
Sergio Cordova - RSL vs. Colorado...
Kyle Ireland

Sergio Córdova’s Header Gives RSL Lead Over LA Galaxy

A header by Sergio Córdova gave Real Salt Lake a first half lead in a critical road contest against the LA Galaxy.
3 days ago
Justen-Glad-Chicharito...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Visits City Of Angels With Clear Objective

Real Salt Lake travels to LA for a date with the Galaxy this Saturday evening with a win the only acceptable result in the final road game.
4 days ago
Pablo-Mastroeni-Real-Salt-Lake...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Starts Playoff Campaign Earlier Than Expected

With just two games remaining in the regular season Real Salt Lake can still control its own destiny and qualify for the postseason. 
5 days ago
Damir Kreilach Awarded Major League Soccer Player Of The Week Award