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Brayan Vera Opens Scoring For Real Salt Lake Against Colorado

Sep 2, 2023, 8:02 PM

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RSL defender Brayan Vera (Courtesy of Real Salt Lake)

(Courtesy of Real Salt Lake)

SALT LAKE CITY – In the 19th minute, Brayan Vera lined up for a free kick and his shot was just too high for Rapids goalie Marko Ilic to make the save.

The goal was Vera’s first of the season.


A foul by Colorado’s Rafael Navarro set up the free kick.

Leading up to the goal, RSL appeared to be on the brink of a score.

They applied a ton of pressure on the Rapid’s defense in the attacking third.

Real Salt Lake Hosts Rival Colorado As Season Winds Down

Coming off of four straight losses, Real Salt Lake looks to regain some momentum against heated rival Colorado Rapids.

RSL and the Rapids last faced off in May where they played two games in four days.

In the U.S. Open Cup and the MLS regular season, Real Salt Lake pulled out the victory in both games.

After RSL’s loss to Portland on Wednesday, they fell to sixth in the West with a record of 10-9-7.

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Colorado currently sits in dead last in the West with a record of 3-12-10.

The Rapids have the least seeding points in the MLS with 19.

A big reason for Real Salt Lake’s struggles of late is the absence of midfielder Pablo Ruiz.

The Argentine went down with a non-contact injury in the U.S. Open Cup round of 16 game against LAFC.

Ruiz suffered a meniscus injury in his right knee.

One of RSL’s biggest issues is staying strong after conceding early goals.

The opposing club scored first in all nine of Real Salt Lake’s losses in MLS play this season.

RSL has just seven games left on the schedule following the match against Colorado.

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All Real Salt Lake English-language radio coverage for the 2023 season and beyond will be carried on various KSL radio signals. KSL Sports Zone (97.5 FM/1280 AM) and KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM / 1160 AM) are both stations under the Bonneville International umbrella.

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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