SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Real Salt Lake will travel to Q2 Stadium for a meeting with Austin FC, this game will mark the first time Real Salt Lake has visited the newcomers of Major League Soccer.
Recent history and ranking
Previously, Real Salt Lake played and beat Austin FC 1-0 on August 14 when Bobby Wood’s first-half goal cemented the three points for the Clarets & Cobalts.
Recently, Real Salt Lake entered the contest after breaking away with a midweek victory over the LA Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium. Austin, however, lost 3-0 on the road to Colorado.
Real Salt Lake is in 5th place in the Western Conference while Austin is at the bottom of the Conference in 13th. In Austin’s last eight games, they’ve won two and lost six. Real salt lake.
Under interim manager Pablo Mastroeni, Real Salt Lake have won four games and lost three. Under Mastroeni’s watch, they have yet to draw and only got one clean sheet.
The style of football Real Salt Lake play under Mastroeni is entertaining, looking to attack and create scoring opportunities by being aggressive in their positioning and delivery.
The 3-5-2 formation brought Real Salt Lake to life, who now believe they can beat any team in the competition with their quality in front of goal. Moreover, the club are strengthened by the help of David Ochoa in the goal which has been superb throughout this season.
In the last game against Galaxy, Ochoa made four big saves that kept Real Salt Lake in the competition. Ochoa’s efforts paid off when he was named the MLS Week 28 Team of the Week starting goalie.
Damir Kreilach was also named to the bench after his first-half goal to open the scoring against Galaxy.
Austin FC have five players excluded due to injury as Matt Besler, Danny Hoesen, Ben Sweat, Ulises Segura and Aaron Schoenfeld are all unavailable due to injuries.
Real Salt Lake are in much better health, only Marcelo Silva and Zack Farnsworth appear on the injury report.
Austin FC and Real Salt Lake will kick off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 2.
The match will be available for free streaming via the KSL Sports and KSL 5 TV apps or on KSL Sports dot com.