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Real Salt Lake set for home opener vs. Sporting KC

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Real Salt Lake will face one of its biggest rivals in its home opener, hosting Sporting Kansas City on Saturday in Sandy, Utah. The match could serve as a good barometer to see if Salt Lake has truly taken a step forward this season.

Kansas City won both matches in a 2020 season interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. RSL ultimately ended up missing the MLS Cup playoffs a year ago.

Salt Lake (1-0-0, 3 pts.) started a new season out on the right note, picking up a 2-1 victory over Minnesota in its season opener on Saturday. Anderson Julio earned a brace in his RSL debut, scoring both his goals in the first half to give the Utah club its first-ever road victory over the Loons.

Julio was the first RSL player to net a brace in his debut since Robbie Findley in 2007.

“It’s always great to see,” Salt Lake coach Freddy Juarez said. “He puts in a lot of work, he does the dirty work. He runs in behind, helps on defense and you want him to be rewarded with goals.”

Kansas City (1-0-1, 4 pts.) remains unbeaten after playing to a 1-1 draw with Orlando City SC last Friday. SKC jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal from Gianluca Busio before halftime but settled for a single point after Nani leveled the score in the 78th minute.

“My overall thoughts on the game are that a point probably was a fair result, but we should have been able to close the game out at the end there,” Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said. “I’m not happy with the goal we gave away.”

Designated players Alan Pulido and Johnny Russell have not appeared in the starting lineup for SKC in either of their matches thus far. Both Pulido and Russell are working their way back from injuries and have played as second-half subs in both matches.

RSL holds a slight edge over Kansas City with an all-time record of 13-11-8, including a 9-5-3 record at home.

–Field Level Media

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