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Saturday's opener not the only big match on tap for RSL opponent LA

05 March 12:53 pm

Saturday's opener not the only big match on tap for RSL opponent LA

By Sam Stejskal

You know by now that Real Salt Lake will be kicking off its 2014 MLS campaign on Saturday at LA Galaxy.

What you might not know is that the Galaxy have another, bigger game on tap a few days after Saturday’s opener. LA will begin its CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal series against Club Tijuana next Wednesday, hosting Los Xolos at StubHub Center in the series’ first leg. The Galaxy won’t play in MLS that following weekend, taking a bye ahead of the March 18 return leg at Tijuana.

Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and co. will surely approach Saturday’s opener with an eye on their upcoming CCL matchup. How – or if – that affects how they run out this weekend against the Claret-and-Cobalt remains to be seen, but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on ahead of Saturday’s opener.