RSL stunned at home 2-1 by FC Cincinnati

RSL stunned at home 2-1 by FC Cincinnati

Real Salt Lake was defeated 2-1 at home to FC Cincinnati on Saturday, Sep. 17, at America First Field in Sandy, Utah. 

The loss comes as RSL led 1-0 after 35 minutes but fell after a two-goal performance by Cincinnati striker Brenner Souza da Silva helped propel Cincinnati past RSL. RSL now drops to eighth place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 11-11-10 on the season and 43 points. 

RSL dominated possession time 58.8% to 42.2%, shots 18 to eight, shots on goal eight to three, blocked shots four to one, and other categories. Zach MacMath accumulated one save for RSL while Cincinnati goalkeeper Roman Celentano racked up seven saves against the aggressive RSL offense. 

The First Half

The match got off to a slow start for both teams until RSL left winger Diego Luna attempted the first shots of the game in the 18th and 22nd minutes but missed both attempts to the right. Brandon Vázquez tried to answer for Cincinnati with two shots of his own just minutes after but missed his mark as well. 

RSL midfielder Maikel Chang scored the first goal of the game in the 35th minute after pounding a header into the bottom right corner of the goal to put the team up 1-0. Forward Jefferson Savarino had another great look for RSL in the 42nd minute with a long-distance shot but his attempt was saved in the middle of the goal by Celentano.

Souza da Silva scored the equalizer for Cincinnati in the 44th minute after firing a bulleting kick that deflected off MacMath into the goal, tying the game 1-1. RSL midfielder Pablo Ruiz had an opportunity to respond in the third stoppage time minute of the half with a penalty kick but his shot towards the bottom left corner was saved by Celentano.

The Second Half

Cincinnati left winger Luciano Acosta started the second half quickly, firing an attempt in the 46th minute but missed too high. The game continued to go back and forth in the following 25 minutes as no one was able to score. Savarino came close to scoring again for RSL but his attempt towards the bottom left corner was saved by Celentano. 

Unfortunately for RSL, Souza da Silva scored again for Cincinnati in the 76th minute after spinning and firing a bullet right up the middle to score goal number two for Cincinnati, giving them a 2-0 lead. 

Sergio Córdova, Anderson Julio, Justin Meram, and MacMath himself tried to score goals of their own in the following 17 minutes to at least tie the game; however, Celentano made saves against all four each. RSL’s Justen Glad took the final shot of the game in the expiring moments with a header but barely missed to the left, sealing the defeat.

In their next match, RSL travels on the road to face LA Galaxy on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California at 8:30 p.m. MT. The match can be streamed on ESPN+ or locally on KMYU. The game can also be streamed on KSLSports.com.

Photo courtesy of RSL Soapbox.

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