Real Salt Lake 2, Portland Timbers 1 | 2017 MLS Match Recap


Albert Rusnak shot - RSLvPOR - September 16, 2017

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On a night on which the Portland Timbers could have grabbed sole possession of the Western Conference lead, it was Real Salt Lake who climbed their way back into playoff contention, and made the Western Conference race tighter, with a 2-1 home win at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The first half saw RSL dominate with a 12-6 shot advantage, but its lone goal was scored by Albert Rusnak, hitting a smart shot from 20 yards out in the 14th minute to give RSL the 1-0 lead. In the 38th minute, Diego Valeri had a prime opportunity to score a goal in his eighth straight match, but his shot was well-blocked by veteran RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando, and Dairon Asprilla sent the rebound wide.

Two minutes into the second half, Valeri headed an Asprilla cross into goal to equalize and write himself into the MLS history books. But 14 minutes later, Jefferson Savarino found enough space to arc a wicked curling shot past Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella for what would be the game winner.


  • 14′ – RSL – Albert Rusnak Watch
  • 47′ – POR – Diego Valeri Watch
  • 61′ – RSL – Jefferson Savarino Watch

Next Up

  • Real Salt Lake: Saturday, September 23 vs. Seattle Sounders FC (9:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE)
  • Portland Timbers: Sunday, September 24 vs. Orlando City SC (8 pm ET | FS1, Fox Deportes, MLS LIVE in Canada)

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