by Gavin Lee
Real Salt Lake tied 1-1 with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The draw came after a goal by the Whitecaps at the 88’ mark. RSL now moves to 10-8-8 on the season and remains in fifth place in the Western Conference standings with 38 points.
The First Half
RSL came out swinging to begin the first half with right-winger Maikel Chang attempting a header from inside the box; however, the shot missed wide left. Left winger Justin Meram followed a few minutes later by drilling a shot at the top left corner, but Whitecaps goalkeeper Thomas Hasal made the save.
Whitecaps striker Lucas Cavallini had the close look in the 15’ mark, taking a header from inside the box, but missed left as well. RSL attempted three more shots in the following 20 minutes but none went in as the rest of the half remained scoreless.
The Second Half
The Whitecaps began the second half frantically as Ryan Gauld had a blocked attempt and Cavallini shot high to the right in the opening minutes.
Following more missed opportunities by both teams, RSL forward Sergio Córdova delivered a venomous strike to the right of Hasal in the 61’ mark, putting RSL up 1-0. Gauld tried to answer for the Whitecaps from distance following a corner in the 67’ mark but missed high.
After some more close opportunities, the Whitecaps eventually got on the board as defender Julian Gressel tipped in a cross by Gauld with a header, evening the score 1-1 in the 87’ mark. Gauld almost scored again for the Whitecaps after taking a direct shot at goal in the 91’ mark, but RSL goalkeeper Zac MacMath made the stop, setting the game to finish in a tie.
RSL led the game in possession percentage (53.6 percent to 46.4 percent), clearances (27 to 18), and duels won (49 to 41) while the Whitecaps led in shots (14 to 13) and corners (seven to six). Both Hasal and MacMath had three saves apiece as well.
RSL now travels to Frisco, Texas to take on FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday, August 27, 2022. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. MT and can be streamed on ESPN+ or locally on KMYU. The game can also be streamed on KSLSports.com.
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