Bobby Wood Scores First Goal Of Season, Gives RSL Second Half Lead

Mar 5, 2022, 7:29 PM
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(Photo courtesy of Real Salt Lake)
(Photo courtesy of Real Salt Lake)

SALT LAKE CITY – Less than two minutes into the second half of a scoreless match, RSL forward Bobby Wood took a rebound and deposited it into the back of the net giving RSL a 1-0 lead.

The fixture marks the home opener for Real Salt Lake and the second game of the season for both clubs. Real Salt Lake enters the contest having picked up a scoreless point on the road against Dallas while Seattle fell 1-0 to Nashville SC at home in a shock result.

After a number of squandered scoring opportunities in the first 46 minutes, a Seattle turnover in the offensive end led to the scoring chance. Justin Meram crossed a pass to Maikel Chang who found Wood in front of the goal. Wood’s initial right-footed attempt was block but his second shot rang true, finding the back of the net as the first RSL goal of the year.

The return of last year’s captain, Albert Rusnák, has attracted the interest of many sports fans across the state. Rusnák and Real Salt Lake failed to come to a new agreement earlier this year following the conclusion of his contract at the end of the 2021 season. Therefore, Rusnák decided it was in his best interest to sign with Seattle, a club that has plucked Real Salt Lake talent away from its grasp on countless occasions to this point.

Freddy Juarez, Craig Waibel and Garth Lagerway are just a few of the RSL luminaries to find themselves in Seattle.

Aaron Herrera, who missed the opening game of the season with a red card suspension following last year’s dismissal in the Western Conference Final, is listed as out as he returns from hamstring and groin injuries. Nick Besler, Rubio Rubin, David Ochoa, Damir Kreilach and Zack Farnsworth all missed the game as well.

RSL is back on the pitch on Saturday, March 12 when they take on the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (MDT).


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