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Real Salt Lake Drops 3-0 Result to LAFC in U.S. Open Cup

June 12, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Real Salt Lake News Release

SANDY, Utah - Real Salt Lake fell 3-0 to LAFC in the fourth round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The loss sees RSL exit the tournament in the fourth round for the second consecutive season.

LAFC jumped out to an early lead when MLS Golden Boot leader Carlos Vela curled home a left-footed effort from just inside the penalty area for the 1-0 lead. The visitors nearly doubled its lead in the 31st minute but the woodwork kept Christian Ramirez's clipped effort over GK Nick Rimando out of the net to keep the halftime score at 1-0.

As RSL tried to weather the storm and find the equalizer, LAFC notched its second goal through Lee Nguyen as he curled home a breakaway effort in the 64th minute. RSL continued to press to bring a goal back but conceded a third goal in second-half stoppage time as Adama Diomande tapped a rebound home into an open net to bring the final score to 3-0.

UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake will return to regular season action on Saturday, June 22 when it visits the Chicago Fire. Kick off from Bridgeview is set for 6:00p MT and can be seen live locally on KMYU and the KSL TV app.


LAFC: Carlos Vela (Eduardo Atuesta), 8th minute: Receiving the ball on the run, Vela drove into the box before opening up for a shot on his left foot. Vela then curled a shot towards the far post that easily found the side-netting.

LAFC: Lee Nguyen (Latif Blessing), 64th minute: Good interplay through the center of the field saw Nguyen break in on goal and easily slot the ball past Nick Rimando in the RSL goal.

LAFC: Adama Diomande, 90th minute + 3: A freekick from nearly 40 yards from Rodolfo Zelaya struck the hands of Rimando and glanced back in front of goal into the onrushing path of Diomande. Diomande followed up the shot and easily tapped home for the stoppage-time goal.


- RSL Head Coach Mike Petke was unavailable for the match while attending a mandatory course for his US Soccer Pro coaching license. In his place, Assistant Coach Freddy Juarez took over head-coaching duties for the match.

- FW Jefferson Savarino (Venezuela), MF Albert Rusnák (Slovakia), DF Justen Glad (US U-23), DF Aaron Herrera (US U-23), DF/FW Brooks Lennon (US U-23) and FW Sebastian Saucedo (US U-23) were all away on international duty and unavailable for the match.

- RSL signed Real Monarchs DF Andrew Brody, DF Noah Powder and FW Kyle Coffee to short-term contracts for the match. Brody started the match while Powder and Coffee were available off the bench, but neither saw action.

- Entering the match as a second half substitute, FW Julian Vazquez made his professional debut as he played the final six minutes of the match.

Match: Real Salt Lake vs. LAFC

Date: June 11, 2019

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Attendance: 15,039

Weather: Sunny and 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:

1 2 F

Real Salt Lake: 0 0 0

LAFC 1 2 3

RSL: Carlos Vela (Eduardo Atuesta) 8'

LAFC: Lee Nguyen (Latif Blessing), 64'

LAFC: Adama Diomande, 90'+3


Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Nick Rimando; Andrew Brody, Marcelo Silva, Erik Holt, Donny Toia (Julian Vazquez, 84'); Everton Luiz, Kyle Beckerman, Damir Kreilach (Nedum Onuoha, 78'); Corey Baird, Sam Johnson, Tate Schmitt (Luke Mulholland, 78')

Subs not used: Andrew Putna, Noah Powder, Luis Arriaga, Kyle Coffee

LAFC: (4-5-1): Pablo Sisniega; Danilo Silva, Jordan Harvey, Tristan Blackmon, Eddie Segura; Eduard Atuesta, Lee Nguyen (Rodolfo Zelaya, 88'), Latif Blessing; Carlos Vela, Christian Ramirez (Adama Diomande, 87'), Diego Rossi

Subs not used: Phillip Ejimadu, Josh Perez, Mohammed El-Munir, Adrien Perez, Niko Hamalainen

Stats Summary: RSL / LAFC

Shots: 4 / 9

Shots on Goal: 1 / 6

Saves: 3 / 1

Corner Kicks: 2 / 5

Fouls: 15 / 9

Offside: 4 / 2


RSL: Kyle Beckerman (caution) 19'

RSL: Donny Toia (caution) 49'

RSL: Everton Luiz (caution) 55'


Referee: Victor Rivas

Assistant Referees: Stephan McGonagle, Kali Smith

4th Official: Brad Jensen

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