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Real Salt Lake blanks LAFC

Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach defends against LAFC midfielder Francisco Ginella.
Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach defends against LAFC midfielder Francisco Ginella during the first half on Wednesday in Sandy, Utah.
(Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

Damir Kreilach scored, Andrew Putna had a career-high eight saves and Real Salt Lake beat LAFC 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Kreilach’s header in the ninth minute gave RSL a 1-0 lead. Mikael Chang lofted an entry to Kreilach between the penalty spot and the top of the 6-yard box for the finish that slipped under the crossbar and just over the fingertips of leaping goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega.

Salt Lake (3-2-5) rebounded from a 4-0 loss to Minnesota United on Sunday to snap a three-game winless streak.

Pablo Ruiz first-timed a corner kick by Albert Rusnak that was deflected by LAFC’s Jordan Harvey but Justin Meram controlled it, side-stepped, and then paused as a defender slid by before chipping in from 7 yards out to double the advantage in the 47th minute.

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Rusnak capped the scoring when he converted from the penalty spot in the 79th after Harvey was called for a hand ball in the area.

Los Angeles (3-4-3) has lost back-to-back games and four of its last five.


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