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Arango, Gómez each score 2 goals, RSL rallies for 5-3 win over Rapids | Sports

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Cristian “Chicho” Arango and Andrés Gómez each scored two goal to help Real Salt Lake rally from a two-goal deficit and beat the Colorado Rapids 5-3 Saturday night. Real Salt Lake (8-2-4) is unbeaten in 10 consecutive games since a 2-1 loss to the Rapids on March 9 and leads the Western Conference with 28 points. Arango, who went into the game tied with Christian Benteke and Luis Suárez, leads MLS with 13 goals this season. Chukwuemeka Eneli blasted a shot from just outside the area that ricocheted off the crossbar and bounced high off the ground before Chicho headed home the putback to make it 3-3 in the 85th minute and then fed Gómez for the go-ahead goal moments later. Gómez, on the right side, tapped a pass to Chicho and immediately darted toward the goal as Chicho played a one-touch pass back to Gómez for the finish from the corner of the 6-yard box to give Real Salt Lake the lead for good at 4-3 in the 88th minute. Cole Bassett, a 22-year-old midfielder in his seventh MLS season, stole a pass near midfield and, with goalkeeper Zac MacMath off his line, scored from

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Chicho scores 9th goal of season, Real Salt Lake beats Sporting KC 1-0 | Sports

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Cristian “Chicho” Arango scored his ninth goal of the season to help Real Salt Lake beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Saturday night. Chicho is tied with Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi for most goals in MLS this season. The 30-year-old striker has scored or assisted on 16 of RSL’s 19 goals in 2024. Real Salt Lake (6-2-3) has won three consecutive games and is unbeaten in its last seven. Brayan Vera played a free kick from the right side to the back post, where Chicho bounced a header off the pitch and over the outstretched arm of goalkeeper John Pulskamp to open the scoring in the 81st minute. Zac MacMath had one save for Real Salt Lake. RSL has allowed just nine goals this season, tied with FC Cincinnati and the Columbus Crew for fewest in MLS. Kansas City (2-4-5) has surrendered 12 goals during its current five-game winless (three losses, two ties) streak. John Pulskamp, 23-year-old Homegrown, had three saves in his first appearance of the season for Sporting. Kansas City defender Tim Leibold slid to deflect a shot by Diego Luna from near the penalty spot that rolled just outside the post in the

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Katranis scores late, rallies Real Salt Lake to 2-1 victory over Union | Sports

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Rookie defender Alexandros Katranis scored in the 89th minute and Real Salt Lake rallied to beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Saturday night. Real Salt Lake (5-2-3) knocked off the league’s last unbeaten club, handing Philadelphia (3-1-4) its second loss in the last 40 league matches at home under manager Jim Curtin. The Union had outscored their opponents 88-23 in the previous 39 home contests. Real Salt Lake took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute when second-year midfielder Andrés Gómez used an assist from Cristian “Chicho” Arango to score for a second straight match and for the fourth time this season. Arango notched his seventh assist after entering play in a three-way tie for the league lead with Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi and Dante Vanzeir of the New York Red Bulls. Philadelphia evened the score early in the second half on a goal by Dániel Gazdag in the 50th minute. Quinn Sullivan earned an assist on Gazdag’s left-footed shot from close range. It was the fifth goal of the season for Gazdag with four scores coming in the last five matches. Katranis used Maikel Chang’s first assist of the season to score the second goal

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Columbus, Real Salt Lake play to scoreless draw | Sports

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Zac MacMath saved five shots for Real Salt Lake and Evan Bush and Nicholas Hagen combined for eight saves for the Columbus Crew in a scoreless draw Saturday night. MacMath notched his second clean sheet of the season for Real Salt Lake (3-2-3). Bush made his second start of the season in goal for the defending-champion Crew (3-1-4), but he was injured in the 31st minute and replaced by Hagen. Columbus held Real Salt Lake’s Cristian “Chicho” Arango in check. Arango entered play with a league-high 10 goal contributions — six goals, four assists — through seven matches. Arango has totaled 14 goals and six assists in 26 appearances since joining the club last July. The Crew again played without Cucho Hernández, who has missed the last two matches for an unspecified violation of team policy. Hernández has three goals and an assist in six starts this season. It was the first of three straight matches against Eastern Conference opponents for RSL. Columbus returns home to play the Portland Timbers on Saturday. Real Salt Lake travels to take on the Chicago Fire on Saturday. AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sport Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights

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Oluwaseyi helps Minnesota United earn 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake | Sports

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tani Oluwaseyi scored late in the second half to help Minnesota United earn a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. Real Salt Lake (3-2-2) scored first when Cristian Arango used an assist from Andrés Gómez in the 24th minute to send a header to the top left corner of the net. It was the sixth goal of the season for Arango, who was coming off a second-half hat trick in RSL’s 3-1 victory over St. Louis City. He is tied with Lewis Morgan of the New York Red Bulls for the league lead. Oluwaseyi pulled Minnesota United (3-1-2) even in the 87th minute when he took a pass from Robin Lod and scored his second goal of the season — and career. Minnesota United was forced to play a man down just two minutes later when midfielder Joseph Rosales was hit with a red card. Dayne St. Clair finished with four saves for Minnesota United. Zac MacMath saved six shots for Real Salt Lake, which improved to 1-1-2 on the road this season. Real Salt Lake returns home to play the Columbus Crew on Saturday. Minnesota United will host the Houston Dynamo

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The NWSL kicks off its 12th season this weekend, with two new teams and a new media deal – Cache Valley Daily

Now that the National Women’s Soccer League has effectively distanced itself from the turbulence of two years ago, Commissioner Jessica Berman is extolling the league’s momentum heading into Season 12 and beyond. The NWSL has two new teams in Bay FC and the Utah Royals, a new media rights deal that will provide fans greater access to games and an infusion of international talent. “Really this is the table being set for the future of the league,” Berman said Thursday. “We believe that we reset the league in 2022, 2023 we established the foundation and this is the point we really feel like the league is going to take off.” It kicks off Friday with the Challenge Cup, a match at New Jersey’s Red Bull Arena between defending league champion Gotham FC and the San Diego Wave, who won the NWSL Shield for the best record last year. The regular season opens on Saturday, with the Portland Thorns visiting the Kansas City Current in the first NWSL game to be broadcast on ABC. The NWSL was marred by scandal in late 2021, when then-North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley was accused of sexual coercion and misconduct. He was immediately dismissed

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Bassett’s second-half goal lifts Rapids past Real Salt Lake 2-1 – Cache Valley Daily

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Cole Bassett scored a second-half goal and the Colorado Rapids collected their first win of the MLS season with a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. Djordje Mihailovic’s pass was flicked by a defender back to Bassett, who fired his shot from the center of the 18-yard box that beat diving goalkeeper Gavin Beavers. Rafael Navarro scored on a penalty kick for the Rapids (1-1-1) in the 43rd. Chukwuemeka Eneli scored in the 22nd minute for Real Salt Lake (1-2-1). Eneli scored on a left-footed shot from close range to the center of the goal. Andrés Gómez had the assist. RSL was without midfielder Pablo Ruiz, who suffered a knee injury in practice three days after the team beat LAFC 3-0 on a snowy field on March 2. Colorado had 11 shots, including six on goal. RSL had nine shots with four on goal. Colorado goalkeeper Zack Steffen made three saves. Beavers finished with four saves. The victory gives the Rapids the first win in the quest for this season’s Rocky Mountain Cup. The teams meet again on May 18 at Sandy and in Colorado on July 20. Free News Delivery by Email

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Andrés Gómez has 2 goals, assist as Real Salt Lake blanks LAFC 3-0 in blizzard – Cache Valley Daily

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Andrés Gómez had two goals in the first half and added an assist to give Real Salt Lake a 3-0 home-opening win over LAFC in a game played in a near blizzard on Saturday. The start of the game was pushed back two hours because of the weather and just a couple minutes in was delayed almost an hour because of lightning. Gómez took a feed from Cristian Arango, made a nice touch on the slick field to get around the last defense and beat keeper Hugo Lloris one-on-one in the 18th minute. Gómez, who had one goal last season, got his second in the 41st minute when he took a back pass from Diego Luna and sent a ball into the corner. Gómez sent a cross into the box during first-half extra time and a sliding Arango redirected the ball into the net. He then made a snow angel to celebrate the goal against his former team. Zac MacMath made six saves for RSL (1-1-1) for his 61st shutout. LAFC (1-1-0) had a 16-10 edge in shots. Free News Delivery by Email Would you like to have the day’s news stories delivered right to your

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St Louis City, Real Salt Lake play to 1-1 draw – Cache Valley Daily

St. Louis City SC forward Samuel Adeniran, right, shoots past Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad (15) to score in the second half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, St. Louis. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) — Samuel Adeniran scored late in the second half to rally St. Louis City to a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. Adeniran’s goal in St. Louis City’s opener came in the 79th minute, five minutes after Cristian Arango’s netter had given Real Salt Lake a 1-0 lead. Roman Bürki had two saves for St. Louis City. Zac MacMath saved two shots for Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake improves to 0-1-1 after losing its opener 2-0 to Lionel Messi and Inter Miami on Wednesday. St. Louis City won the Western Conference regular-season title in last year’s expansion season, leading the West with 62 goals. Real Salt Lake will play MLS Cup runners-up Los Angeles FC in its home opener on March 2. St. Louis City will host New York City FC on March 2. Free News Delivery by Email Would you like to have the day’s news stories delivered right to your

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Lionel Messi gets an assist, Inter Miami opens MLS season with 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake – Cache Valley Daily

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi, front, falls to the field after coming into contact with Real Salt Lake midfielder Pablo Ruiz during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ruiz was given a yellow card on the play. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi had two Real Salt Lake defenders on either side of him, two more a few yards in front of him. He quickly tapped the ball away from them all with his left foot, to a spot where only teammate Robert Taylor could reach. Moments later, Inter Miami had the first goal of the Major League Soccer season. Taylor’s goal in the 39th minute set the tone, Diego Gómez added an insurance score in the 83rd minute and Inter Miami — to start Messi’s first full season with the club — opened the 29th season of MLS with a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night. Messi was in midseason form, darting through and around defenders, almost giving the sellout crowd what they wanted to see by nearly scoring on a free kick and then a corner kick midway through the first half. “I think the eyes of

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