Real Salt Lake 2, Atlanta United 1 | 2019 MLS Match Recap

Briefly under a double-rainbow at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday night, a Jefferson Savarino golazo in the 94th minute earned Real Salt Lake a 2-1 win over Atlanta United.

With the score tied deep into stoppage time, Savarino stepped up and ripped a vicious shot past Brad Guzan into the side netting just before the referee blew the final whistle. 

To open the scoring, with almost an exact re-creation of his strike last week which earned Goal of the Week honors, Sebastian Saucedo also scored a long-range shot into the bottom corner in the 36th minute. Josef Martinez scored an equalizer in the second half, almost earning Atlanta a road draw. Pity Martinez and Franco Escobar assisted Martinez's strike. 

Sam Johnson, who was benched in RSL's last match for being late to a team meeting, was not in the starting XI again. Pity Martinez was rotated for Atlanta, while Tito Villalba didn't make the trip.

Goals

  • 36' – RSL – Sebastian Saucedo | WATCH
  • 79' – ATL – Josef Martinez | WATCH
  • 90+4' – RSL – Jefferson Savarino | WATCH

Three Things 

  • THE BIG PICTURE: Don't look now, but Real Salt Lake are streaking. Three straight wins lift RSL to fifth place in the Western Conference. Also: Atlanta United haven't earned a comeback win since September of last year. They came close against RSL. 
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Savarinoooooooo!
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Bofo Saucedo isn't giving up that starting spot easily. He has been a difference-maker for three consecutive games, as has Jefferson Savarino.

Next Up

  • RSLWednesday, May 29 at Montreal Impact (7:30 pm ET | TSN, TVAS in Canada, MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US)
  • ATLWednesday, May 29 vs. Minnesota United (7 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, DAZN in Canada)

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