RSL Dominant in 2-0 Home Win Over Seattle

Utah Royals FC

May 16, 2024 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
Utah Royals FC News Release

SANDY, Utah (Wed.) – Real Salt Lake (7-2-4, 25 pts, 1st West MLS) were dominant in a 2-0 defeat of the visiting Seattle Sounders FC with goals from young attackers Diego Luna and Andrés Gómez. The win extends RSL’s league-leading unbeaten streak in MLS play to a staggering nine matches, dating back to March 9, incidentally a 1-2 loss to this weekend’s opponent, Rocky Mountain Cup rival Colorado.

Watch / Listen to RSL Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni, AM Diego Luna and FW Andrés Gómez commentary following 2-0 home victory over Seattle Sounders on Wed., May 15, 2024

Real Salt Lake came out for the first 45 minutes of play firing on all cylinders, opening up the first ten minutes of play with more than a 65% share of possession and preventing Seattle from tallying a shot attempt. The first chance for either side came in the 7th minute, as Chicho Arango patiently advanced up the right wing. Head up, he spotted the run of Colombian countryman Andrés Gómez, bending a through-ball around the marker and onto his feet as he bombed down the right wing. Gómez opted for a far-post strike that went just wide.

It would be the 15th minute before Seattle could muster a shot, applying pressure twice in quick succession. First, former RSL DP Albert Rusnák received a cunning through-ball as Seattle sprung into a counter attack, finding himself face-to-face with RSL’s 19-year-old Gavin Beavers before he put it over the bar and out of play. Then again, this time in the 19th minute, a scary opportunity for Sounders materialized against the run of play. A sneaky ball from Rusnak slipped through the midfield and onto the feet of former RSL attacker Danny Musovski around the penalty spot before Brayan Vera and Justen Glad converged to expertly pick his pocket without a shot attempt.

Regaining momentum, RSL nearly struck in the 23rd. Winning a corner, Diego Luna whipped an outswinger into a box crowded with Claret-and-Cobalt shirts, kicking out to Vera in the box who took a touch and ripped a volley on net, only kept out by a great save from Stefan Frei.

RSL would claim the lead in the 27th minute. The counterattack began as Luna tracked back on defense, digging out the ball in his own defensive corner and playing a back-heeled pass to Andrew Brody for the breakout. Returning it to Luna streaking down the middle of the pitch, the young Olympic hopeful then found the overlapping run of Matt…

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