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Storylines to Watch: RSL v. Chivas USA

22 October 2:03 pm

Storylines to Watch: RSL v. Chivas USA

By Sam Stejskal

Real Salt Lake will play its final game of the 2013 MLS regular season on Wednesday night, hosting Chivas USA at 7:00 p.m. MT at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Here are a few storylines to watch ahead of Wednesday’s contest:

RSL battling for outside shot at Supporters’ Shield; Playoff seeding on the line

A ton is on the line for Real Salt Lake in the Supporters’ Shield and Western Conference races this week. Everything starts on Wednesday, with RSL needing a win to stay alive in the chase for the Shield and a result to have hope of winning the West.

Check out the Claret-and-Cobalt’s full playoff scenarios here.

RSL gunning for season sweep of Chivas USA

Real Salt Lake will be looking to complete a season sweep of Chivas USA on Wednesday, having already beaten the Southern California side 1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium on April 20 and downing the Goats 4-1 at the StubHub Center on May 19.

The Claret-and-Cobalt has only swept Chivas USA once before, going 2-0-0 against its expansion brethren in the 2011 season.

Saborio, Morales look to continue success v. Goats

Real Salt Lake stars Alvaro Saborio and Javier Morales have both had a great deal of success against Chivas USA, with Saborio notching four goals and two assists in eight career regular season games against the Goats and Morales scoring one goal and registering five assists in 12 regular season games against the Southern California side. They’ll look to continue that success in Wednesday’s important contest.