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Late-Game RSL Magic Yet Again Finds Point at Seattle

Utah Royals FC

May 30, 2024 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
Utah Royals FC News Release

SEATTLE, Wash. – Real Salt Lake (8-2-6 / 30 points / 1st West) crafted another magical late-game comeback with a 90+9 equalizer from All-Star hopeful Andrés Gómez in the final minute of stoppage time. Refusing to lose, the performance is not only an encore to the Claret-and-Cobalt’s barnstorming three-goal comeback and stoppage-time equalizer just four days earlier in Dallas, but the draw extends Real’s historic unbeaten streak to a staggering 12 matches.

Real Salt Lake was the clear aggressor on a rainy night along the Puget Sound as both teams looked to establish an early presence, intercepting four balls in Seattle territory within the first five minutes of play. The fourth saw Diego Luna cleverly pick off Sounders in their buildup, knifing towards goal before he was taken down to earn an early penalty kick – but the call was reversed to a free kick on the edge of the box following review.

Real’s 19-year-old goal ‘keeper Gavin Beavers was busy in the heart of the first 45, repeatedly coming off his line to punch danger away. His finest moment of work came in the 35th minute as Seattle burst forward, putting together a five-pass combination that culminated with an Obed Vargas one-time rocket from distance. Barreling towards the top corner, Beavers dove at full extension to his left, getting a glove on the strike to send it wide. Beavers then stepped up for an encore just four minutes later, denying a Cristian Roldan blast from inside the box to keep his team level.

RSL nearly jumped out to a lead in the 41st minute as its high pressing defense once again converted into attack. Hounding Seattle defenders as they passed along the back line, Anderson Julio jumped the passing lane and, noticing MLS veteran Stefan Frei was off his line, ripped a shot from more than 30 yards that went just wide of the post. Neither team could break through, however, heading to the locker rooms with a fresh scoreboard – the two sides sharing similar possession, expected goals, shots on target and passing accuracy.

Coming out for the second half, Seattle created a prime chance almost immediately. As a long ball was played into the RSL defensive zone, it fell to the feet of Raúl Ruidíaz. He played to Jordan Morris on the edge of the box who then held up play for the overlapping run of Albert Rusnak. Laying it off at point-blank range, Rusnak’s shot was blocked by a heroic last-second intervention…

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