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Anderson Julio Goal Gives RSL Commanding Lead Over Minnesota

Aug 31, 2022, 9:24 PM | Updated: Oct 3, 2022, 11:47 am

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Anderson Julio #29 of Real Salt Lake shoots the ball against the Houston Dynamo during their game on June 26, 2021 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

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SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake forward Anderson Julio beat the Minnesota keeper and scored a goal into an empty net to give RSL a 3-0 lead on Wednesday.

RSL scored two goals in the first half, thanks to Sergio Cordova and Jefferson Savarino before Anderson Julio put the nail in the coffin for the Claret and Cobalt. Julio received the ball on a counter-attack and was one-on-one with the Minnesota goalkeeper and fired the ball with his right foot into an empty net.

It’s the third goal of the season for Julio.

The club encouraged fans to bring a teddy bear with them into the stadium. The evening is dedicated to “Kick Childhood Cancer” and if RSL scores in the first half fans are encouraged to throw teddy bears onto the pitch. If RSL does not score in the opening half, fans will be encouraged to throw the teddy bears onto the pitch at the half-time whistle.

The teddy bears will then be donated to local charities fighting to end childhood cancer.

If the club is fined for its stunt by the league, the ownership group has vowed to match the fine with a donation towards 5 For The Fight charity.

As it currently stands, RSL only has seven league fixtures remaining. Of those seven, two will be played against Eastern Conference teams and the remaining five Western Conference fixtures will occur against teams either above them in the standings or right below them.

Essentially, every game moving forward against a Western Conference opponent will likely act as a playoff game.

It all starts on Wednesday evening when Minnesota United is welcomed to Rio Tinto Stadium. Minnesota currently sits five points clear of Real Salt Lake in the third position in the West. A win against The Loons will greatly aid RSL in their quest to solidify a home playoff fixture.

The RSL match can be streamed on KSLSports.com, the KSL Sports and the KSL TV app.

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