Chicho Arango Records First-Half Brace Against Galaxy In Los Angeles

May 11, 2024, 9:34 PM

Chicho Arango Real Salt Lake RSL Sporting KC...

(Photo courtesy of Real Salt Lake)

(Photo courtesy of Real Salt Lake)

LOS ANGELES – Chicho Arango continues to be the heart and soul of Real Salt Lake as he led the club to a 2-0 first-half lead over the LA Galaxy.

After scoring a highlight header goal in the 20th minute, Arango wasn’t done.

A series of passes between Andrew Brody, Andres Gomez, and Matt Crooks created an excellent scoring opportunity for RSL in the box.

Gomez attacked from the right side and found Arango streaking down the middle.

Arango got his foot beneath the ball and put the shot over LA goalkeeper John McCarthy to give Real a 2-0 advantage.

RELATED: RSL Takes Early Lead With Highlight Header From Chicho Arango

With the first-half brace, Arango is now up to 11 goals and seven assists on the year.

Real Salt Lake has only scored two goals this season without a contribution from Arango.

He is now tied with Christian Benteke and Luis Suárez for most goals in the MLS so far this season.

Real Salt Lake Looks To Keep Top Spot In West In LA Against Galaxy

Real currently holds the top seed in the Western Conference with a record of 6-2-3.

Despite coming off of an early U.S. Open Cup loss to New Mexico United, Real Salt Lake is undefeated in its last seven MLS matches with five wins and two draws.

RSL’s last MLS loss came over two months ago to Colorado on March 9.

However, they won’t have an easy matchup as they aim to build on their three-game MLS win streak.

The LA Galaxy holds the third spot in the West with a record of 5-2-4.

The Galaxy haven’t been as hot as RSL as of late with a 2-2-1 record in its last five. However, they have yet to lose at home in four games with two wins and two draws.

RSL and LA last met in October 2023. They played to a 2-2 draw in Los Angeles.

RELATED: Diego Luna’s 76th Minute Equalizer Gives Real Salt Lake Road Point

Both clubs look a lot different than they did last season though. The Galaxy was a bottom-five team in the MLS last season but has turned around to become a borderline contender in 2024.

The biggest difference for RSL this year has been the play of Chicho Arango. With nine goals and seven assists, Arango has become a serious threat for MVP.

Real Salt Lake will need Arango and the entire roster to step up this weekend as the game against LA could prove to have playoff implications.

The Galaxy sit just two points behind RSL in the standings. A loss would likely drop Real down to third in the West.

Real Salt Lake and LA face off one more time at America First Field on June 22. With both clubs competing for a playoff appearance, a win in at least one of the two matchups will be very important.

How To Watch Real Salt Lake

All Major League Soccer games are broadcasted on Apple TV with MLS Season Pass.

All Real Salt Lake English-language radio coverage for the 2024 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.

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

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

Take us with you, wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • Real Salt Lake Leaders

  • Real Salt Lake Standings

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake Colorado Rapids Vancouver Whitecaps FC MLS...

Chandler Holt

Real Salt Lake Hosts Rival Colorado Rapids In Important Midseason Matchup

Real Salt Lake will look for three points as the Colorado Rapids come into America First Field for an important matchup on Saturday.

1 day ago

Andres Gomez Real Salt Lake RSL Seattle Sounders FC...

Chandler Holt

RSL Holds Top Spot In West With Shutout Win Over Seattle Sounders

RSL kept its MLS undefeated streak alive with a big 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday.

3 days ago

Diego Luna Real Salt Lake RSL Sporting KC Seattle Sounders...

Chandler Holt

Diego Luna Doubles Real Salt Lake Lead Over Seattle Sounders

Utah Hockey Team's Lawson Crouse goes over the chaotic last couple of months that saw him pack up his bags and head to Salt Lake City.

3 days ago

Real Salt Lake RSL Sporting KC Seattle Sounders...

Chandler Holt

RSL Puts Together Highlight Counterattack, Takes Lead Over Seattle

With Seattle applying heavy pressure, it felt like it was only a matter of time until RSL took advantage on a counterattack.

3 days ago

Real Salt Lake RSL LA Galaxy Chicho Arango...

Chandler Holt

Real Salt Lake Settles For Point As LA Forces Draw With Last-Minute Goal

A Chicho Arango brace wasn't enough as Real Salt Lake picked up just a point in a 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy on Saturday.

7 days ago

Real Salt Lake RSL Chicho Arango Sporting KC...

Chandler Holt

RSL Takes Early Lead With Highlight Header From Chicho Arango

Real Salt Lake was on its heels early against the Galaxy until Chicho Arango gave RSL some breathing room in the 20th minute.

7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!


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

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

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.

Chicho Arango Records First-Half Brace Against Galaxy In Los Angeles