Real Salt Lake finished victoriously in a 2-1 win over CF Montréal on Sunday, May 22, at Stade Saputo stadium in Montréal, Québec in Canada. RSL now moves solely into fourth in the Western Conference with 22 points.
Montréal took an early 1-0 lead. In the first minute, forward Djordje Mihailovic found the center of the goal following a setup by midfielder Ahmed Hamdi. RSL forward Sergio Córdova attempted to answer in the seventh minute with a high and right header just after a corner attempt.
After a missed opportunity by Montréal in the ninth minute to go up by two following a missed shot by Victor Wanyama, RSL kept attacking. Despite back-and-forth corner kicks between the teams, RSL finished the half with four shots on goal while holding Montréal to none.
Montréal looked for another opportunity with a shot by midfielder Mathieu Choinière, just missing the top-right corner in the 48th. RSL Justen Glad scored the equalizer in the 54th. Glad headed into the left corner of the goal following a corner from Pablo Ruiz, tying the game 1-1.
For the next twelve minutes, both teams had two shots on goal apiece. In the 66th, Córdova connected to the bottom left corner of the goal after an assist by Maikel Chang to give RSL a 2-0 edge.
Montréal midfielder Victor Wanyama tried to find the bottom left corner in the 68th minute. However, RSL goalkeeper Zac MacMath made the save. Córdova attempted to find the center of the goal in the 73rd minute but Montréal goalkeeper Sebastian Breza made the catching save.
Montréal could only take two more shots for the rest of the half. One of these was taken with one minute remaining. However, RSL held their ground to win the game 2-1. Three players were given a yellow card in the second half as well, with two coming from RSL.
Despite Montréal out possessing RSL 55.9% to 44.1% and having the edge in clearances, RSL outshot Montréal 13 to eight. RSL also tied Montréal in corners (five) and shots on goal (four). RSL goalkeeper Zac MacMath came up with three saves in an impressive outing.
Real Salt Lake now travels back home, where they’re unbeaten, to take on the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, May 28, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. MT and can be streamed on ESPN+.
Photo courtesy of Montréal Royal Impact