Lo’eau LaBonta scored a goal just 10 minutes into the match, U.S. international Christen Press supplied the assist, and Utah overpowered the visiting Washington Spirit for a 1-0 victory Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 18,015.
With a brace holding his middle fingers together, Albert Rusnak scored twice while Sam Johnson added a goal for the second-straight match to lift Real Salt Lake to a 3-0 win over FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Nicolas Lodeiro scored the only goal of the match in the first 20 minutes, and Seattle defended out a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake to hand the Utah squad its fourth-straight loss Saturday night at CenturyLink Field in the Puget Sound.
Former Major League Soccer coach Jason Kreis has been hired to run the U.S. under-23 team and tasked with the challenge of reaching next year's Olympic tournament after the Americans failed to qualify for the London and Rio de Janeiro Games.
The 39-year-old Real Salt Lake veteran announced Friday that the 2019 season will be his last, after he’s already the all-time league leader with 223 wins, 157 shutouts, 1,756 saves, 47,165 minutes player by a goalkeeper, and 522 starts.
Before jumping forward to opening day March 2 at Houston, let’s take one final look back at 2018 and guess what could be in store for Utah’s three-pronged professional soccer pyramid — starting with the newcomers.
In conjunction with NWSL, the team announced its 2019 regular-season schedule this week, solidifying a calendar for a year that will also feature an international break during the start of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.