Real Salt Lake Struggles Continue Following Another Humiliation

Apr 1, 2023, 7:33 PM

SALT LAKE CITY Real Salt Lake lost their fourth consecutive match to start the 2023 MLS season following a 4-0 defeat on the road against Columbus.

Mastroeni Sends A Message

Interestingly, manager Pablo Mastroeni made multiple surprising changes to his starting XI in what appeared to be an attempt at making a statement to his playing group. Gavin Beavers, 17, started and debuted in goal while Ilijah Paul also debuted at the point of the attack alongside Rubio Rubin. Emeka Eneli started at right-back for the second consecutive week.

Furthermore, it was announced by the commentators that Jefferson Savarino stayed home in Utah due to “personal reasons”.

Real Salt Lake was quickly under pressure and Beavers made his first professional save just two minutes into the fixture.

Real Salt Lake Struggles Continue

In the 14th minute, Aiden Morris opened the scoring for the hosts when he found the bottom left corner of the net after a beautiful link-up play set up the opportunity. Shortly thereafter Pablo Ruiz made a clumsy challenge that resulted in a penalty kick. The lead was doubled in the 41st minute when talented attacking midfielder Lucas Zelarayán scored from the spot.

At the half, Mastroeni made two changes when he brought on Diego Luna and Anderson Julio but the change in personnel did not impact the game in the manner that he would have liked.

Beavers gifted the Crew their third goal of the night when he spilled a simple save that Morris tapped in for his brace.

The problems for Real Salt Lake only worsen as the season progresses. The club is conceding goals and struggling to create chances in front of goal. The midfield is not having an impact and opposing teams are finding life incredibly easy to maneuver their way from its defense into its attacking third.

Real Salt Lake currently does not have an identity. The club clearly lacks the talent required to contend in Major League Soccer.

Real Salt Lake has conceded 13 goals throughout their opening 5 games of the season while only managing to score just three. Their goal difference is -10 and with the recent loss, the club continues its fall down the Western Conference standings and sits in 10th place.

Up next, Real Salt Lake will return home and prepare to host Charlotte FC. Charlotte is 14th in the Eastern Conference and only ahead of Montreal.

KSL 5 TV Live

KSLSports Feed

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Taylor Swift Watches Travis Kelce’s Chiefs Take On Jets At MetLife Stadium

Taylor Swift arrived at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night to watch Travis Kelce and his Kansas City Chiefs take on the New York Jets.

4 hours ago

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Patrick Mahomes: Zach Wilson ‘Played His Tail Off’ On Sunday Night Football

Zach Wilson received praise from Patrick Mahomes after the Kansas City Chiefs beat the New York Jets on Sunday Night Football in Week 4.

4 hours ago

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Local NFL Players Impress During Week 4 Of 2023 Season

Here is how the players with ties to the state of Utah performed during the fourth week of the 2023 NFL regular season.

4 hours ago

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Late Arango Goal Gives Real Salt Lake Important Win Over LAFC

An 81st minute Chicho Arango header from Rubio Rubin gave RSL all the scoring they would need in a 1-0 road win over LAFC.

5 hours ago

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Zach Wilson Throws TD Pass, Runs For 2-Point Conversion On Sunday Night Football

Zach Wilson threw a second touchdown pass and scored on a two-point conversion to tie the Jets' Sunday Night Football game against the Chiefs.

5 hours ago

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Chicho Arango Header Gives Real Salt Lake Second Half Lead

LAFC had dominated possession and scoring chances but it was Chicho Arango finding the back of the net for RSL that got the scoring started.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

rodeo contestant on a saddle bronc...


Get Ready for the Days of ‘47 Rodeo!

The Days of '47 Rodeo is a series of events everyone in the family can enjoy, with world-class rodeo contestants vying for the gold medal.

Electric LED Lightbulb Change In Light At Home...

Lighting Design

How to Know When to Upgrade Your Lighting

This guide explores indicators that suggest it’s time for a lighting upgrade with tips to make an informed decision when you’re ready to buy. 

Brunette guy in headphones playing games on his desktop computer...

PC Laptops

Looking For a New Computer? Use This Desktop Buying Guide

Choosing a new desktop computer can come with a lot of questions, so we created this desktop buying guide.

Real Salt Lake Struggles Continue Following Another Humiliation