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RSL, Minnesota United finish in scoreless draw

Field Level Media
28 Sep 2020, 12:40 GMT+10

For the second time this season, Real Salt Lake and Minnesota United FC played to a 0-0 draw, the latest double shutout occurring Sunday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Salt Lake (4-4-6, 18 points) remains winless in five all-time games at Minnesota. RSL stole a point despite the Loons controlling possession 57.7 percent of the time and creating a flurry of shots after halftime. It helped RSL extend its unbeaten streak to two games following a 1-3-2 stretch.

Andrew Putna earned his second consecutive shutout for RSL, coming up with seven saves. Dayne St. Clair produced four saves for the Loons.

Minnesota United (5-5-4, 19 points) has not yielded a goal to Salt Lake in three matches this season. The Loons won 4-0 in their previous home match against RSL, scoring four second-half goals, and the teams played to a 0-0 draw during the group stage of the MLS Is Back Tournament near Orlando.

Neither club's defense cracked over 90 minutes. Salt Lake and Minnesota combined for 26 shots, with the Loons winding up with a 14-12 edge in total shots.

Emanuel Reynoso came close to breaking the ice for Minnesota United several times right after halftime. Reynoso had a pair of close-range blasts and a curling free kick over a six-minute span. Putna came up with critical saves on each attempt.

Minnesota pressed the attack throughout the second half, forcing Putna and the RSL backline to absorb tons of pressure in the attacking third. Unlike the previous match between the two clubs, this pressure did not lead to an outburst of second-half goals.

Salt Lake's Justen Glad picked up a yellow card in the 85th minute on a foul he committed to stop a counterattack. Glad, who was on a yellow-card warning, will miss RSL's next match, Oct. 4 against visiting Los Angeles FC.

--Field Level Media

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