Real Salt Lake Welcomes Vancouver Whitecaps FC in First-Ever Utah Derby

HERRIMAN, Utah (Thursday, June 17, 2021) – Real Salt Lake returns home to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. MT. During the match both teams, in conjunction with Major League Soccer, will honor and celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday that recognizes the legal end of enslavement in the United States.

The match will be broadcast live on KUTV and can be accessed locally via stream on the KSL TV app. ESPN 700 will carry the English radio broadcast and Spanish-speaking fans can tune in on KBMG Latino 106.3, La Gran D 102.3 and KTUB 1600.

Tickets for the match are available at or by calling 844-REAL-TIX.

Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

Friday, June 18, 2021; 8:00 p.m. MT  

Game Notes for Saturday’s RSL vs. VAN game Available Online

Those seeking the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Friday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and Vancouver Whitecaps can be found here. Media members looking to receive the document as an attachment or have further questions are asked to please contact Taran Meyer in the RSL Communications Department via email at [email protected]

Records: Real Salt Lake 2-1-3, (9 points, 8th in West); Vancouver Whitecaps (2-4-1, 7 points, 11th in West)

Head-to-Head: Real Salt Lake holds a 9-11-4 record against Friday’s opponent with a 7-2-3 record when playing at home, earning a result in 83% of the games against the Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium.

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Welcome into the Fold

During the international break, long awaited forward Bobby Wood joined the team in Utah and is available for selection for Friday’s match. Additionally, Real Salt Lake signed two new players in Jony Menendez and Toni Datkovic, both of whom have not yet joined the team.

Back and Better Than Ever

Midfielder Everton Luiz, who sustained an injury after the first game of the season at Minnesota United, has been back training with the team during the break and may make his return to the pitch after nearly two months off.

Nice to See You Again

During the international break goalkeeper David Ochoa spent extensive time with the United States Men’s National Team, on the roster for the friendlies against Switzerland and Costa Rica, as well as the Nations League tournament. Because of this he missed the team’s last match against Minnesota United, but will be back and available for Friday’s match.

Connections: Due to the ongoing pandemic Real Salt Lake and Vancouver Whitecaps have been sharing Rio Tinto Stadium as both of their home stadiums. Since March, RSL has hosted the Whitecaps, with them fully based out of Rio Tinto Stadium and training at America First Field. This will be the first time the two sides go against one another since Vancouver made the temporary move to Utah.