Real Salt Lake hasn't been at its best in the 2013 Rocky Mountain Cup Presented by Mark Miller Subaru, tying the rival Rapids 1-1 in the home opener at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 16 before falling 1-0 at Colorado on April 6.
The Claret-and-Cobalt's 0-1-1 mark in the 2013 Rocky Mountain Cup has the team in a tough spot, with the Utah side needing to win - and only a win - at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday to retain its seventh-straight RMC.
RSL's fantastic videographer Nick Lamping put together a solid recap of the first two Rocky Mountain Cup matches of 2013. Give it a watch above - and get that blood boiling for Saturday's 6:30 p.m. kick.
Real Salt Lake will head to Denver this weekend for Saturday's crucial Rocky Mountain Cup Presented by Mark Miller Subaru match at the rival Colorado Rapids.
RSL sits squarely behind the eight-ball in the battle for the 2013 Rocky Mountain Cup, needing a win on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in order to keep the RMC for the seventh-straight year.
The last time the Claret-and-Cobalt was this close to losing the Rocky Mountain Cup was in 2010, when the Rapids - needing a win to take the Cup - led the Utah side 2-0 in the dying moments of the regular season finale. The Colorado colors were already attached to the trophy when Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio brought the Claret-and-Cobalt all the way back, scoring twice in stoppage time to give RSL the draw and the Cup.
Yes, Marcelo, soccer is indeed a cruel game.
Real Salt Lake Captain Kyle Beckerman skipped out on the usual halftime team talk at Wednesday's All-Star Game, ditching ASG Head Coach Peter Vermes' tactics discussion for a Google+ hangout with fans at Sporting Park.
Beckerman - who started and played the entire first half before getting subbed out at halftime - got a couple pretty off-the-wall questions, including one a piece from Sporting KC forwards Soony Saad and Dom Dwyer. Saad tried to get KB5 fired up, but Kyle - ever the savvy vet - didn't take the bait, putting the young striker in his place.
Check out Beckerman's entire Google+ hangout above.
Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio netted his third career RSL hat trick on Saturday, putting in three in the Claret-and-Cobalt's 4-3 loss at the New York Red Bulls. Saborio's outstanding performance led to the MLS Player of the Week award, a MLS Goal of the Week nomination and a spot on the FIFA Ultimate Team of the Week.
Check out video of all nine goals from Sabo's three RSL hat tricks - last year against Portland, last year at Chivas USA and Saturday at New York - above.
Real Salt Lake has had its fair share of solid moments in the MLS All-Star Game over the years.
Here are a few of the Claret-and-Cobalt’s best moments from the ASG ahead of tonight’s match between the MLS All-Stars and AS Roma. Enjoy.
July 25, 2012: Kyle Beckerman delivers the game-winning assist to Seattle forward Eddie Johnson in the 91st minute of the All-Stars' 3-2 win over Chelsea FC.
July 27, 2011: The MLS All-Stars lost 4-0 to Manchester United at Red Bull Arena, but RSL defender Jamison Olave had a very memorable moment, showing tremendous speed to catch and then win the ball from Wayne Rooney in the first half of the match. Unfortunately, Olave sprained his knee later in the match, missing five games due to the injury.
July 29, 2009: Rio Tinto Stadium played host to the 2009 MLS All-Star Game with a sold-out crowd of 20,124 packing the RioT to see the MLS All-Stars fall in penalty kicks to English Premier League club Everton FC. Three RSL players saw action in the match, with Kyle Beckerman starting the game and playing the first 45, Will Johnson coming on for Beckerman and nailing a PK in the shootout and Javier Morales subbing on in the 64th minute.
Kyle Beckerman: RSL captain, U.S. international, MLS All-Star and best rapper in the league.
A bit of breaking news ahead of tomorrow's AT&T MLS All-Star Game, courtesy of soccer media maven Grant Wahl:
MLS All-Star coach Peter Vermes on live now on @SiriusXMFC 94. Says he's starting Beckerman, Davis, W. Johnson plus Henry, Zusi, Fernández.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 30, 2013
There you have it: According to what Sporting Kansas City/MLS All-Star Head Coach Peter Vermes told Wahl on Sirius XM radio on Tuesday afternoon, Real Salt Lake Captain Kyle Beckerman will start Wednesday's All-Star Game against Italian side AS Roma.
According to Wahl's tweet, Vermes also said that Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez will start in net for the All-Stars. That means no Nick Rimando in between the pipes for the All-Stars from the outset. Might we see him make a second half cameo?
No word yet as to whether or not RSL right back Tony Beltran is in Vermes's First XI.
The MLS All-Stars will take on Roma at Sporting Park at 7:00 p.m. MT on Wednesday night on ESPN2.
I know, I know, some of you might not like it, but both Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando chose Landon Donovan when asked by MLSsoccer.com at Tuesday's All-Star practice which fellow All-Star they'd like to take back to their team.
True to RSL's "Team is the Star" mentality, neither Beckerman nor Rimando opted to kick anyone off of the Claret-and-Cobalt.
Real Salt Lake will travel to Denver this weekend, taking on the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the deciding game of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Cup Presented by Mark Miller Subaru.
The Rapids - who got a little weird ahead of the April 6 match between the sides - started the hype machine for Saturday's match on Monday, calling their fans to "Defend the Fortress" by releasing the above video.
— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) July 29, 2013
We thought the phrasing was a little bit odd. Guess the Rapids don't know that Rio Tinto Stadium is The Original Fortress.
— Real Salt Lake (@RealSaltLake) July 29, 2013
— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) July 29, 2013
— Real Salt Lake (@RealSaltLake) July 29, 2013
Looks like RSL's Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran and Nick Rimando caught up with ex-RSL man Will Johnson in Kansas City on Monday night ahead of Wednesday's MLS AT&T All-Star Game against Italian side AS Roma.
The four seem to be lost in a riveting conversation... Maybe things are just too awkward for them now that their respective clubs are battling it out at the top of the Western Conference table and are set to meet three times this month. We're guessing they'll all show a little more emotion next Wednesday, Aug. 7, when Johnson and the Timbers come to town to take on the Claret-and-Cobalt at Rio Tinto Stadium in the Semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.