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Preview: Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids

September 11, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Colorado Rapids News Release

2020 MLS Regular Season - Week 11

Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids

Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy

September 12 - 9:30 PM ET


LOCAL TV: Altitude, KMYU

A rivalry that has turned decidedly Claret-and-Cobalt is renewed Saturday night when Real Salt Lake host the Colorado Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Real Salt Lake (3W-2L-5D) are coming off a 3-0 victory over LAFC Wednesday night, their first regular season win over Bob Bradley's side, while the Rapids (2W-3L-4D) rallied to secure a 1-1 home draw with the Houston Dynamo.

Real Salt Lake is on a Rocky Mountain Cup-record five-match winning streak, which includes a 4-1 triumph in Commerce City August 22 and a 2-0 win at the MLS is Back Tournament in July.

Real Salt Lake

The versatile Damir Kreilach has earned a new nickname after his first-half goal helped pave the way to a 3-0 win at Rio Tinto Stadium Wednesday night. Justin Meram and Albert Rusnak added second-half goals in RSL's first regular season win over LAFC. Their first MLS win came in the 2018 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs and it was Kreilach who again burned LAFC with a karate kick goal.

"I think those guys [LAFC] don't like to play against Damir. They leave him open all the time in the box," RSL assistant coach Tyrone Marshall said, calling Kreilach "The LAFC killer.". "They don't realize he's a goalscorer. Damir is a classy player. He has a knack for finding those free spots in the box. I think Maikel Chang played a perfect ball into him and he found that gap. Damir is just one of those players that comes around every 10 years. He does everything well for you."

Colorado Rapids

Seconds from a home loss to the red-hot Houston Dynamo, Lalas Abubakar latched onto a Sam Vines ball and scored the dramatic equalizer deep in second-half stoppage time to secure a 1-1 draw. The Rapids winless streak is now seven games, but it was a huge point considering how jumbled the Western Conference table around the playoff line is shaping up to be. 

"In the end, the resilience of the team showed again and we score a goal late," coach Robin Fraser said. "We come out with a tie, a little bit of a disappointing tie, which sounds crazy for a team that scores in the last second to tie it, but we're definitely a little disappointed feeling that we did enough to win the game and obviously didn't."

Series Matchup at Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake: 14 wins, 38 goals

Rapids: 3 wins, 15 goals

6 draws

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