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RSL continues its best start in over a decade with win vs. Nashville SC

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Real Salt Lake forward Tate Schmitt (21) dribbles the ball in front of UANL Tigres defender Jair Diaz (23) during a Leagues Cup soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Real Salt Lake lost 0-1.

Kristin Murphy, Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

It wasn’t nearly as dramatic as the first, but for the second straight game, Tate Schmitt scored the game-winning goal for Real Salt Lake Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy.

While Schmitt’s goal last week came with seconds remaining in what was an incredible 3-2 comeback win over the New England Revolution, Saturday’s goal came in the 54th minute but still proved to be enough as teammate Zac MacMath was tremendous in goal and RSL beat Nashville SC 2-1.

The win is the continuation of RSL’s great start to the 2022 season, as it is now 3-0-1. In fact, it is the club’s best start since 2011.

Schmitt’s goal came on a nice ball into the box from Mikael Chang. Schmitt was unmarked, and he slotted it into the back post.

It was Schmitt’s second career goal overall.

The 2-1 lead created by Schmitt’s goal was preserved as MacMath was great. For the night, MacMath tallied seven saves as Nashville outshot RSL 16-8, including a 10-2 advantage in shots on goal.

RSL, of course, made both of those shots on goal count.

The first came in just the second minute of the match as Bobby Wood headed home a corner kick from Justin Meram.

Nashville knotted things up in the 25th minute on a goal from Walker Zimmerman, and the two sides remained deadlocked until Schmitt’s goal.

Sitting atop the Western Conference table with 10 points, RSL will next face rival Sporting Kansas City on the road on Saturday.

SKC is off to a slow start in 2022, as it has just three points in four matches thus far.