With Real Salt Lake slipping further down the Western Conference table as Major League Soccer hits the final stretch of the regular season, another intra-conference game has been postponed indefinitely.
Bradley Wright-Phillips had a goal and an assist, and Diego Rossi and Brian Rodriguez each scored a goal Sunday night as Los Angeles FC cruised to a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake in front of a limited-capacity crowd of 3,062 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Amy Rodriguez scored a first-half goal, Abby Smith made four saves, and Utah Royals FC played arguably their best match of the NWSL fall series with a 1-1 draw against the Portland Thorns in front of an announced crowd of 1,905 fans Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Royals will host the Thorns at 8 p.m. MT Saturday, and not only will it be Utah’s final home match, but it will also be the only match in the four-game fall series schedule to be featured on linear television (CBS Sports Network).
Albert Rusnak was called up by the Slovakian national team Wednesday for a critical playoff match against Ireland for the UEFA 2020 Euro and UEFA Nationals League, meaning he'll miss six MLS matches down the home stretch of the league's season.
The 38-year-old former U.S. center back will be on the sidelines for her first home match as interim head coach of the Royals on Saturday, when Utah hosts Tacoma, Washington-based OL Reign in the NWSL Fall Series at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Albert Rusnak converted a penalty, then assisted on Damir Kreilach’s team-high sixth goal of the season to help Real Salt Lake to a slump-busting 2-0 win over the Galaxy in front of a reduced-capacity crowd of 3,943 fans Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Real Salt Lake will host the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday, a clash of two teams in desperate need of points — even with eight teams from the Western Conference qualifying for the MLS Cup playoffs in November.
Craig Harrington, the first-year head coach of Utah Royals FC, was placed on leave by the organization prior to the club’s first match in the NWSL Fall Series. Assistant coach Louis Lancaster was also placed on leave.
David Milinkovic and Lucas Cavallini each scored a second-half goal, and Fredy Montero notched two assists to lift the Whitecaps to a 2-1 win in front of an announced crowd of 3,409 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The 31-year-old midfielder signed a multi-year extension with the only club he’s known in Major League soccer, keeping Kreilach in an RSL uniform through at least the 2022 season, with a club option for 2023.