Real Salt Lake ended its preseason preparations with a 3-1 loss to USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC in the Visit Tucson Sun Cup on Saturday
The match got off to a good start for Salt Lake, as Kreilach netted just 11 minutes into the contest.
11’ - DAMI. Herrera beats the Rising FC goalkeeper to the ball for a square pass to Kreilach who slots home into the empty net!— Real Salt Lake (@realsaltlake) February 23, 2020
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But Phoenix quickly found an equalizer in short order with a goal from Joe Farrell coming just seven minutes after Kreilach's, pulling the USL side level.
Phoenix then took the lead five minutes before halftime, as Solomon Asante scored on a play that started with a throw in from Owusu-Ansah Kontoh.
Phoenix picked up from where they left off in the first half, adding to their lead with a goal from Jon Bakero in the 57th minute.
RSL had opportunities to get back in it, and eventually converted with a goal from Meram in the 89th minute, but the match would end 3-2. RSL wraps up an inconsistent preseason with a record of 0W-2L-1T.
- 11' - RSL - Damir Kreilach
- 19' - PHX - Joe Farrell
- 40' - PHX - Solomon Asante
- 57' - PHX - Jon Bakero
- 89' - RSL - Justin Meram
Real Salt Lake starting XI: Zac MacMath; Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Nedum Onuoha, Marcelo Silva, Donny Toia; Kyle Beckerman, Damir Kreilach, Justin Portillo, Albert Rusnak; Tate Schmitt
Phoenix Rising FC starting XI: Zac Lubin; Owusu-Ansah Kontoh, A.J. Cochran, Joe Farrell, Darnell King; Kevon Lambert, Jose Aguinaga, Solomon Asante; Jon Bakero, Santi Moar, Rufat Dadashov
- RSL: Saturday, February 29 at Orlando City SC (6 pm ET)