Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 31
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake
BC Place – Vancouver
October 6 – 4:00 PM ET



Real Salt Lake are hoping to secure a home playoff game when they head on the road to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Decision Day presented by AT&T.

The Whitecaps (8-15-10) are hoping to build off a wild 4-3 win over the LA Galaxy Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Complex. Vancouver had their fourth, and final, lead when Michaell Chirinos scored in second-half stoppage time, meaning the 'Caps now have two wins and a draw in their last three games.

Real Salt Lake (15-13-5) clinched an Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs berth with a 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo in goalkeeper Nick Rimando's final regular season home game. Jefferson Savarino scored the decisive goal in the 75th minute. 

In the first meeting this season March 9 at Rio Tinto Stadium, Albert Rusnak scored the decisive – and only – goal from the penalty spot in the 21st minute to win it for RSL.

Vancouver vs. Real Salt Lake

Sunday, October 6 at 4:00 PM ET
BC Place

Real Salt Lake

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Michael Baldisimo (M) - left ankle injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Jake Nerwinski (D) - right calf tightness
    • QUESTIONABLE: Jasser Khmiri (D) - right quad strain
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty:  None

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) - hamstring injury
    • PROBABLE: Douglas Martinez (F) - hamstring injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Whitecaps

  • Whitecaps: 8 wins, 21 goals
  • RSL: 1 win, 7 goals
  • 1 draw


  • Referee: Ted Unkel
  • Assistant Referees:  Kyle Atkins, Corey Rockwell
  • 4th Official:  Ramy Touchan
  • VAR:  Joe Dickerson