Real Salt Lake was handed its first preseason loss Tuesday in a closed-door match against the L.A. Galaxy in Southern California. The Galaxy topped RSL 1-0 behind a goal from Jaime Villarreal in the 40th minute.
Villarreal's game-winner was put on a platter by noted RSL thorn Emmanuel Boateng, who routinely punished RSL's defense in his debut season with the Galaxy in 2016. RSL coach Jeff Cassar deployed what was largely a second-team lineup for the first half. Midfielder Ricardo Velazco nearly put RSL up 1-0 in the 33rd minute, but his shot from distance zipped barely beyond the far post.