Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids – Football Match Report – July 10, 2022
Late goals from Diego Rubio and Lalas Abubakar rallied the Colorado Rapids from a two-goal deficit to salvage a 2-2 draw with host Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah on Saturday night.
Salt Lake (8-5-6, 30 points) is undefeated in nine home games and won the Rocky Mountain Cup with the tie. The Utah club claimed 21 of a possible 27 points at home.
Colorado (5-8-5, 20 points) remains winless in nine road games after conceding multiple goals for the fourth time in its last five games. The Rapids have allowed 12 goals in that streak.
Jefferson Savarino and Justin Meram each scored a goal to open a close game and give Salt Lake a 2-0 lead. Savarino has three goals and two assists in six appearances since joining the RSL in May.
Gyasi Zardes nearly put Colorado on the board twice in the first half.
Zardes almost pushed a right foot past RSL keeper Zac MacMath in the 23rd minute after setting a cross. Then, in the 42nd minute, Zardes headed a ball sent in the center of the penalty area on a Bryan Acosta cross from a corner. MacMath missed the save and Max Alves da Silva sent the ball high and wide from the left post on a kick.
Savarino struck in the last minute before halftime. He threaded a right foot from outside the box inside the right post to give RSL a 1-0 lead.
Meram doubled the lead in the 51st minute. He scored on an instant header after bouncing the ball when Pablo Ruiz kicked a direct free kick into the crossbar.
Rubio pulled back a goal for Colorado after converting a 67th-minute penalty. Rubio got the shot to put the Rapids on the board after Marcelo Silva fouled Michael Barrios in the penalty area.
Abubakar equalized at 2-2 in the 89th minute. Zardes headed the ball in the center of the box and an unmarked Abubakar blasted a right foot into the bottom left corner.