Real Salt Lake Impress At Home Against San Jose

Apr 22, 2023, 9:31 PM | Updated: Apr 24, 2023, 2:01 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake impresses with a 3-1 victory at home against San Jose as Andrés Gómez stars with two assists and a goal.

Pablo Mastroeni started the same starting XI from a week ago when the club lost 2-1 on the road to FC Dallas. However, the biggest news regarding the game-day roster was the return of captain Damir Kreilach to the bench. Kreilach has been dealing with a groin injury and sidelined for three weeks.

Real Salt Lake began the fixture playing in an aggressive manner. Pablo Ruiz and Jasper Löffelsend were in control of the midfield which has been a struggle for Real Salt Lake in 2023.

Real Salt Lake Impress

As a result of the midfield dominance, Real Salt Lake was creating many attacking opportunities. Half an hour into the contest, Anderson Julio should have scored the game’s opening goal but his heavy touch trickled into the gloves of San Jose goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski.

Minutes later, Julio fell to the ground, grabbing his thigh, and was replaced by Danny Musovski. Then, shortly thereafter Bryan Vera was forced to come off due to a hip contusion and was replaced by Bryan Oviedo.

The introductions did not impact the manner in which Real Salt Lake was playing. Finally, in the 39th minute, Löffelsend cut off a pass in the midfield and played in Musovski who quickly had Rubio Rubin to his left and Löffelsend to his right. Musovski played a perfectly weighted ball onto the right foot of Löffelsend who punished the ball past Marcinkowski and into the back of the net.

For the first time in 2023, Real Salt Lake scored the first goal of a game.

However, that lead was quickly cut minutes into the second half when Espinoza crossed a ball into the area from a free kick that ricocheted off the toe of Rubin and past Zack MacMath to level proceedings.

The Andrés Gómez Show

Five minutes later Real Salt Lake returned the favor when Andrés Gómez played Jefferson Savarino on the right flank. Savarino cut onto his right foot and curled the shot into the bottom right corner of the net to gift the hosts the lead, again.

Gómez was showcasing his incredible talent and warranting the front office’s decision to break the bank on the young Colombian. His unique ability to turn defenders inside out while involving his attacking teammates was providing many highlight reel clips for Real Salt Lake fans near and far to enjoy.

In the 80th minute, Gómez capped off a superb evening with his first goal for his new club when he tucked his left-footed strike off the left post and into the back of the net. Savarino was warranted with the assist after finding Gómez from the left wing.

With the assist, Savarino became the second-fastest Real Salt Lake player to reach the 30 goals and 30 assist mark doing so in 108 matches. Joao Plata accomplished the same feat in 104 matches.

Next Match

Real Salt Lake will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, for a U.S. Open Third-Round fixture against the Las Vegas Lights on Wednesday, April 26. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m.

  • Real Salt Lake Scoreboard

  • Real Salt Lake Team Leaders

  • Real Salt Lake Standings

Real Salt Lake


Kyle Ireland

Real Salt Lake Picks Up Point In Road Draw With Minnesota United FC

Pablo Mastroeni's Real Salt Lake earned one point after playing Minnesota United FC to a draw with a strong defensive effort on the road.

3 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Real Salt Lake Scores First Against Minnesota With Savarino Strike

RSL forward Jefferson Savarino buried a shot into the back of the net to give his team a first half lead on the road against Minnesota.

3 days ago

Real Salt Lake GM Elliot Fall...

Chandler Holt

Real Salt Lake GM Elliot Fall Speaks On Club Turning Season Around

Real Salt Lake GM Elliot Fall joined the KSL Sports Zone on Friday to talk about RSL turning the season around after a rough start.

4 days ago

Zac-MacMath-Real-Salt-Lake-Colorado-Rapids-MLS- U.S. Open Cup...

Chandler Holt

Real Salt Lake Will Face LA Galaxy In U.S. Open Cup’s Quarterfinal

After sneaking past Colorado in the round of 16, Real Salt Lake will face off against the LA Galaxy in the next round of the U.S. Open Cup.

5 days ago

Real Salt Lake Colorado Rapids U.S. Open Cup...

Chandler Holt

Real Salt Lake Downs Rival Colorado in U.S. Open Cup Round Of 16

Real Salt Lake will advance in the U.S. Open Cup after defeating rival Colorado Rapids, 1-0, in the round of 16.

6 days ago


Chandler Holt

Jefferson Savarino Gives Real Salt Lake First-Half Lead Against Colorado

In his U.S. Open Cup debut, Jefferson Savarino put Real Salt Lake on top with a goal in the first half of the round of 16 matchup.

6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

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.


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.


KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.

Real Salt Lake Impress At Home Against San Jose