With the Saturday night clash coming up between RSL and the LA Galaxy, all eyes will be focused on the tele, as these two successful and different style teams go for the full points. With that said, my fellow Total-MLS writer Johnathon Sykes, has agreed to give me and RSL fans a look of what LA fans are think coming into this important match and the rest of the season.
The Saturday night game at Rio Tinto Stadium wasn't the prettiest soccer that RSL has played in front the home crowd. But to say the least, it worked out to grind a 3 point result against the Dynamo. For the first time in 3 games in MLS league play, we saw a close to replica of the Starting XI back line. With Tony Beltran, Kyle Beckerman, and Nick Rimando coming back from Gold Cup play, the three U.S national team players are showing how valuable they are to RSL.
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando left Seattle bruised, bleeding and in possession of his 10th career post season shutout. RSL and the Seattle Sounders ended Friday night’s first leg of their Western Conference semi-final series tied 0–0 in a game loaded with action that the goalkeepers kept off the scoreline.
Real Salt Lake won a tight match last Friday, edging Vancouver 2–1 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Now RSL will look to take their modest 2-game win streak abroad as they face 2012 Costa Rican champions C.S. Herediano in their opening contest of this year’s CONCACAF Champions League tournament.
Real Salt Lake defeated Rocky Mountain neighbors the Colorado Rapids 2–0 at a sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday. The rivals’ supporter groups created the Rocky Mountain Cup when RSL joined the league in 2005, to be lifted by the team that wins the head-to-head season series, or, in the event of a tie, stays with the previous year’s winner. RSL has won the first two of the teams’ three meetings this year, meaning they’ll hold onto the Cup for the sixth consecutive season.
It’s been awhile since I wrote here, and there are a lot of things to shout about regarding Real Salt Lake; some happy shouts, some frustrated growls. But I’m going to take Coach Kreis’s advice to his players: “We don’t get to up or too low. We’re trying to stay on an even keel,” said Kyle Beckerman, Chris Wingert and just about everyone else in the RSL locker room.
Real Salt Lake’s Lone Star Curse persists, as they remain winless in 21 matches in Texas (against FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo), but if the current trend continues, that dubious achievement may fall in the near future. In last night’s 1–1 draw and last season’s 0–0 draw, RSL claimed their first two points in Dallas after ten straight losses.