Real Salt Lake Vs Colorado Rapids: 3 things we learned – RSL roll

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Real Salt Lake, Dami Kreilach

Real Salt Lake, Dami Kreilach (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Real Salt Lake shutout the Colorado Rapids in their opening match of the MLS is Back Tournament. Here are three things we learned from the 2-0 victory.

Another chapter in the rivalry between Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids was written on Sunday night in Florida. Although the location may have been different, the end result was a similar storyline to what has happened in recent years. RSL shutout their rivals in a 2-0 victory to start off their MLS is Back Tournament in fantastic fashion. Goals from Albert Rusnak and Damir Kreilach paved the way for RSL to take all three points. In net, Zac MacMath picked up the clean sheet, making four saves to record his first victory in an RSL kit.

Here are three things we learned from RSL’s 2-0 victory.

REUNION, FLORIDA – JULY 12: Nicolas Benezet #9 of Colorado Rapids runs the ball past Marcelo Silva #30 of Real Salt Lake in the first half during a match in the MLS Is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 12, 2020 in Reunion, Florida. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

3. Rapids unable to match RSL offense

It was a great start to 2020 for the Colorado Rapids offensively. They scored four goals across their first two matches of the season and looked to be a major threat from set-pieces. Entering this match, they looked poised to continue their goal-scoring ways against RSL.

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The Rapids produced plenty of shots and actually outshot RSL 11 to 10. However, six of the 11 shots were off target. Younes Namli did not have quite the impact he displayed in the first matches of the season which hurt the quality of the opportunities the Rapids had, while their finishing was poor in the openings they did engineer.

Kellyn Acosta’s attempt in the second half was one of the bright moments of the match but MacMath was able to come up with his best save in the match. Aside from that moment, the Rapids did not create too many chances. For a team that was offensively threatening in the opening two games of the 2020 season, that is disappointing.

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