Rivalry Week - 2019 - RSL vs COL

Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 25
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids
Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy
August 24 – 10:00 PM ET


The Rocky Mountain Cup is on the line Saturday night as Real Salt Lake looks to take home the silverware for a fourth consecutive year when they host the Colorado Rapids as part of Heineken Rivalry Week.

RSL (12-10-4) had a six-match unbeaten streak, and three-match winning streak, snapped Saturday night at home, falling to LAFC, 2-0. Carlos Vela opened the scoring in the 64th minute and Adama Diomande doubled the advantage in the 82nd minute for the visitors. Vela's goal made history. With 24 goals and 15 assists in 2019, no player in league history has been involved in more goals scored in a single-season.

The Rapids (7-13-6) rebounded from a loss at Minnesota United to earn a 2-2 draw against the Houston Dynamo Saturday at BBVA Stadium. Diego Rubio struck for a first-half brace to give the visitors a two-goal halftime lead, but Mauro Manotas responded in kind with a pair of goals in the second half for a share of the points.

This is the second meeting this season, with Real Salt Lake winning 3-2 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Albert Rusnak and Corey Baird scored two minutes apart midway through the first half and Sam Johnson scored the winner in the 50th minute after Kellyn Acosta and Danny Wilson struck for the hosts. 

Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado

Saturday, August 24 at 10:00 PM ET
Rio Tinto Stadium


Real Salt Lake

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Jordan Allen (M) - knee injury, out for season
    • OUT: Tony Beltran (D) - knee injury
    • OUT: Nick Besler (M) - foot injury
  • Suspended: Corey Baird (F), Aaron Herrera (D)
  • Suspended after next caution:  Sebastian Saucedo (M), Kyle Beckerman (M), Nick Besler (M), Everton Luiz (M)
  • International duty:  None

Colorado Rapids

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Kortne Ford (D) - knee surgery
    • OUT: Deklan Wynne (D) - foot injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Tim Howard (GK) - calf injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Kellyn Acosta (M), Kei Kamara (F), Danny Wilson (M), Lalas Abubakar (D)
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup at Real Salt Lake

  • Real Salt Lake: 13 wins, 36 goals
  • Rapids: 3 wins, 15 goals
  • 6 draws


  • Referee: Ted Unkel
  • Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson, Jason White
  • 4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
  • VAR: Dave Gantar