Sandy’s Major League Soccer club will host the Portland Timbers in the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs Saturday, and they’ll do it in front of the Real Salt Lake faithful who have driven goalkeeper Nick Rimando through his career.
Christen Press and Amy Rodriguez each scored a first-half goal to lift Utah Royals FC to a 2-1 win over the Houston Dash in front of an announced crowd of 9,513 fans during Saturday night’s season finale.
Damir Kreilach scored his sixth goal of the season, and Nick Rimando made five saves to make it stand up as Real Salt Lake held off Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 1-0 Sundy at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who many consider to be the greatest goalkeeper in Major League Soccer history, didn't just change the game. He changed the face of Utah sports, while Salt Lake had a similar impact on him.
Corey Baird scored less than 50 seconds into the match, and Jefferson Savarino added a second-half goal as Real Salt Lake clinched a berth in the 2019 MLS Cup playoffs with a 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo in the final regular-season home game of the legendary MLS goalkeeper.
It’s been 10 years since a professional championship has been won by a team from Utah. As Real Salt Lake searches for another title, there is one player who will likely be the catalyst who could lead them to MLS Cup: Jefferson Savarino.