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Justen Glad Scores First Goal At Home For Real Salt Lake In 2023

Mar 11, 2023, 8:10 PM

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Justen Glad #15 of Real Salt Lake controls the ball during the second half against the Seattle Sounders at Lumen Field on June 23, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – In the 21st minute, defender Justen Glad tied the game at 1-1 in Real Salt Lake’s home opener.

The shot came off a header assist from Damir Kreilach.

It didn’t look good early after a highlight strike from Austin FC defender Jon Gallagher. But, Glad took the momentum back for the home squad.

The score was Glad’s second of the season.

RSL Plays First Home Game Of 2023

Real Salt Lake faces off against Austin FC at America First Field for the 2023 season home opener this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The game will be broadcasted on Apple TV and various KSL radio signals.

RSL will play their first home game after starting the season with 2 road matches in the Pacific Northwest. They went 1-1 in those games.

In the first game of the season, Real Salt Lake secured a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Lions went scoreless for the first 70′ before scoring twice in three minutes to take the lead.

In the second game against MLS power Seattle Sounders, RSL went down but couldn’t claw back like the game prior. The Sounders had 12 more shots, and 6 more shots on target, en route to a 2-0 win.

Real Salt Lake Ready To Meet Austin FC

Like RSL, Austin FC has played two games this season and started 1-1. However, they had the privilege of playing both games at home in Q2 Stadium.

Their first game was a 3-2 loss to St. Louis. They had a one-goal lead going into the final stretch before giving up goals in the 78th and 86th minutes. Their second game was a defense-oriented 1-0 win over Montreal FC.

The series between these two clubs last season was very close. In three games, they went 1-1-1.

Austin FC will be missing forward CJ Fodrey and defender Julio Cascante. Real Salt Lake will be without defender Zack Farnsworth and forward Axel Kei.

Real Salt Lake should be preparing for a well-conditioned ball club. Austin FC competed in the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday.

Following the game against Austin, RSL will play its second home game against St. Louis on Saturday, March 25.

Chandler Holt is a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter at @ChandlerHoltKSL.

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