Austin FC vs Real Salt Lake preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Austin FC is set to conclude a busy week of three matches in seven days this Saturday afternoon when it hosts Real Salt Lake at the Q2 Stadium.

The Verde and Black are coming off of a 3-0 defeat against Colorado while RSL won for the third time in four games, topping the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1.

Team news

Austin will be without Matt Besler, who is sidelined with a concussion. Aaron Schoenfeld and Ulises Segura recently underwent surgery on their knee injuries with their return date unknown.

Marcelo Silva is out again for RSL, a blow to their back-line while Bobby Wood is nearing a return, but he may miss out here.

Predicted lineups

Austin FC: Stuver; Kolmanic, Romaña, Cascante, Lima; Pereira, Ring, Pochettino; Domínguez, Djitte, Gallagher

Real Salt Lake: Ochoa; Herrera, Glad, Datkovic, Toia; Besler, Luiz; Meram, Kreilach, Rusnák; Rubín

Ones to watch

Brad Stuver (Austin FC)

While the Austin defense has allowed goals, Stuver has been excellent, starting all 26 games for the Verde and Black, leading the league with 112 saves, posting a 1.54 goals against average and keeping five clean sheets.

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Damir Kreilach and Albert Rusnak (Real Salt Lake)

The RSL midfield duo are heading towards club history as they look to become the first players to record ten goals and ten assists in a season. Kreilach has 12 goals and six assists while Rusnak has seven goals and ten assists. 

They have had a goal or an assist in 35 of the club's 44 goals this season, forming one of the most potent duos in MLS.

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Previous meeting

The only previous match between the clubs resulted in a 1-0 victory for Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in August.

Wood scored the only goal of the match in the 32nd minute while Julio Cascante was sent off for Austin four minutes after halftime.

How to watch

ESPN+ will provide national streaming coverage. Television coverage will be on TUDN in Austin and KMYU in Salt Lake City.

Twitter will also have live audio while UniMas provides Spanish-language coverage. Kick-off is set for 3:30pm.

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