Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 28
Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Rio Tinto Stadium – Sandy
September 11 – 9:30 PM ET


One point separates the fourth-place San Jose Earthquakes from fifth-place Real Salt Lake as the sides meet in a pivotal Western Conference six-pointer at Rio Tinto Stadium Wednesday night. 

After six matches without defeat, Real Salt Lake (13-11-4) have lost two of their last three, including a 1-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers at Providence Park August 31. Diego Valeri scored the lone goal in the 16th minute and Kelyn Rowe, Damir Krellach and Albert Rusnak all threatened, but RSL were denied the equalizer.

The Quakes (13-10-5) made it back-to-back wins after three consecutive defeats, beating Orlando City SC, 3-0, at Avaya Stadium August 31. Magnus Eriksson opened the scoring on three minutes and Chris Wondolowski struck for a brace in a 13-minute span later in the first half to lead San Jose to a comfortable home win. 

This is the second meeting this season with the Quakes winning, 1-0, at Avaya Stadium July 6. Danny Hoesen came off the substitutes bench to score the dramatic stoppage-time winner.

Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose

Wednesday, September 11 at 9:30 PM ET
Rio Tinto Stadium

San Jose

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
    • QUESTIONABLE: Luke Mulholland (M) - foot injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Sebastian Saucedo (M), Nick Besler (M), Everton Luiz (M)
  • International duty:  Corey Baird (F), Albert Rusnak (M), Jefferson Savarino (F), David Ochoa (GK), Justen Glad (D), Brooks Lennon (D), Sebastian Saucedo (M)

San Jose Earthquakes

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Harold Cummings (D), Nick Lima (D), Marcos Lopez (D)
  • International duty: Jackson Yueill (M), Guram Kashia (D), Vako (M), Marcos Lopez (D), Gilbert Fuentes (M), JT Marcinkowski (GK)

Series Matchup at Real Salt Lake

  • Real Salt Lake: 5 wins, 24 goals
  • Earthquakes: 3 wins, 12 goals
  • 7 draws


  • Referee: Joe Dickerson
  • Assistant Referees: Jeff Hosking, T.J. Zablocki
  • 4th Official: Allen Chapman
  • VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
  • AVAR: Kevin Klinger

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