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Jefferson Savarino Blasts Goal Past Colorado Keeper To Put RSL Up Before Halftime

Jul 9, 2022, 9:13 PM | Updated: 9:23 pm
Jefferson Savarino #7 of Real Salt Lake argues a call during a quarterfinals the match of the Leagu...
Jefferson Savarino #7 of Real Salt Lake argues a call during a quarterfinals the match of the Leagues Cup 2019 against the UANL Tigres at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 24, 2019 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake forward Jefferson Savarino scored an impressive goal just before halftime to give RSL a 1-0 lead over the Colorado Rapids.

The goal by Jefferson Savarino came in the third minute of stoppage time in the first half that ended the half giving RSL the lead.

Savarino got the ball on the left side just outside the 18-yard box. Once he got the ball, he fired it towards the goal that traveled far post, past the Colorado goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

It’s the third goal of the season for Savarino.

Real Salt Lake currently finds itself in the third position in the Western Conference and five points shy of second-place Austin F.C. While Colorado sits in the 12th position just two points clear of the bottom of the conference.

Since losing in the final minute to Vancouver on June 4, Real Salt Lake has failed to string performances together. After the Vancouver loss, Real Salt Lake beat San Jose before struggling at home the following week against Columbus. Last week’s 3-2 loss on the road against Minnesota added pressure onto manager Pablo Mastroeni for a bounce-back result this weekend against Colorado.

The disappointing four-game stretch has the playing group and the coaching staff on edge entering the final clash between Real Salt Lake and Colorado this year. On April 2nd, RSL and Colorado played to a 1-1 draw in suburban Denver after a Pablo Ruiz penalty was canceled by a Lalas Abubakar equalizer.

As always, the clash between Real Salt Lake and Colorado is expected to be a fiery affair. Both teams are in desperate need of a result.

Manager Pablo Mastroeni, who played for Colorado for 11 seasons before coaching them for three and a half years, enters this week’s fixture with an added emotional attachment to the game. In 2021, Mastroeni’s number 25 was retired by the Rapids, becoming the first number to ever be retired by the organization.

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