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25 September 11:32 am

MLSsoccer.com released its annual “24 Under 24” list earlier today. Three Real Salt Lake players were named as some of the league’s top young prospects with forward Joao Plata earning seventh place, midfielder Luis Gil right behind in eighth and forward Olmes Garcia placing 21st. You can check out each player’s highlight videos and individual profiles below.

Think Plata should have placed higher? Did DeAndre Yedlin deserve the #1 spot? Share your thoughts on Twitter using the #24under24 hashtag.

Plata: http://www.mlssoccer.com/24under24/news/article/2014/09/25/7-joao-plata-real-salt-lake

Gil: http://www.mlssoccer.com/24under24/news/article/2014/09/25/8-luis-gil-real-salt-lake

Garcia: http://www.mlssoccer.com/24under24/news/article/2014/09/25/21-olmes-garcia-real-salt-lake

 

24 September 2:47 pm

RSL looks to clinch a playoff berth in Vancouver

Real Salt Lake will be able to clinch a playoff berth with a win or a draw on Saturday in Vancouver. If the Claret-and-Cobalt accomplish the feat, it will have qualified for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season – the longest active streak in MLS.

Success hard to come by at BC Place

Real Salt Lake has had mixed results in Vancouver, posting a 1-2-1 road record at BC Place. The Claret-and-Cobalt’s first win in the Canadian city came last year, a 1-0 win on Sept. 28, 2013. RSL was able to pull off the win with a makeshift lineup and a lone goal scored by forward Devon Sandoval. RSL’s visit to Vancouver on Saturday will be the club’s first since the win last fall. Real Salt Lake has had a better all-time record against the ‘Caps, going 4-2-4 against the Cascadia Club. The Claret-and-Cobalt will also be facing a club on Saturday that is desperate for three points in order to stay alive in the playoff race. Vancouver will be looking to make the most of its home field advantage, so BC Place could be even more daunting for RSL on Saturday.

Can RSL make a run for Supporters’ Shield?

With just five games remaining in the regular season for the Utah club and just nine points separating the top six teams in the league, RSL will have to rack up the points if it wants to make a run for the Supporters’ Shield. Grabbing three points at Vancouver on Saturday will be critical for its chances to gain ground on Seattle Sounders FC and LA Galaxy who both sit above RSL with 54 points. Compared to the teams at the top of the table, Real Salt Lake has one of the easier stretches to end the season on paper. After facing a struggling Vancouver, RSL faces bottom-dwellers Chivas USA twice, along with San Jose Earthquakes who are in eighth place in the west and Portland Timbers who currently sit just above the red line with 39 points. Seattle finishes the season with clashes with Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, Vancouver and then back-to-back games with LA Galaxy. The Galaxy also faces some stiff competition before taking on the Sounders, with matchups against New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC and FC Dallas. If RSL can get a result at Vancouver on Saturday and close out the end of the season with wins, the Claret-and-Cobalt could have a good chance to snatch the Supporters’ Shield.

22 September 3:24 pm

Real Salt Lake dominates MLSsoccer.com’s Plays of the Night segment this week, with three plays from its 5-1 thrashing of Colorado Rapids last Friday. Claret-and-Cobalt midfielder Luke Mulholland earned the 10th spot on the countdown with his nifty move around Colorado’s Jose Mari in the 54th minute. Real Salt Lake then dukes it out for the number one play of the night…with itself. MLSsoccer.com was torn between the buildup play for both RSL forward Joao Plata’s equalizer in the 32nd minute and the Colorado own goal in the 45th minute. With the two plays too hard to choose between, the fantastic combination play between Ned Grabavoy and Plata leading to the Ecuadorian’s 13th goal of the year, and the great dummy by Javier Morales and one-touch pass into the box from Sebastian Jaime that leads to the own goal, share the number one honor.

Check out the stunning plays in the video above.

17 September 2:36 pm

In the wake of Real Salt Lake’s disappointing stoppage-time loss at Seattle Sounders FC last Friday, the fantastic buildup play that led to Javier Morales’ opening goal got a little lost. The lead up to the 30th minute goal was fantastic, with RSL putting together 16 passes to find the Argentine open in the box, who then put away his eighth goal of the year. The pass sequence continues to show why RSL is considered one of the best possession-based teams in the league and just how methodical the Claret-and-Cobalt can be when behind the ball. Unfortunately, the night did not end well for the visitors, but RSL will have the chance to bounce back this Friday, when it hosts a struggling Colorado Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium (8:00 p.m. MT, CW30) Check out the great sequence above.

15 September 1:55 pm

MLSsoccer.com has a new poll out asking whether or not Real Salt Lake's Chris Schuler will be the newest defender to break out on the U.S. Men's National Team. Since coming back from injury last fall, Schuler has been steadfast for the Claret-and-Cobalt, helping lead the club to MLS Cup in 2013 and starting 23 games so far this season.

RSL TV analyst Brian Dunseth made the case for Schuler in last Friday's nationally broadcast match at Seattle saying, "It's been an injury-filled couple of years. He never really got past 16 games played in a season. Right now, tonight is his 23rd game. He's stayed fit and focused and in my opinion he is a guy who should be called up to the U.S. Men's National Team in January."

So MLS asks, will Schuler be the next Besler? Or will it be one of the other up-and-comers getting a shot with Jurgen Klinsmann's national team?

You can answer MLSsoccer.com's question HERE

 

10 September 1:34 pm

The forward dilemma

For the first time this year, Real Salt Lake has a full arsenal of healthy and available forwards for head coach Jeff Cassar to choose from for Friday’s critical clash at Seattle Sounders FC. Head coach Jeff Cassar will have a difficult decision to make with Joao Plata, Olmes Garcia, Robbie Findley, Sebastian Jaime and now Alvaro Saborio all up for selection. Devon Sandoval and Benji Lopez are both healthy but are unlikely to appear as Sandoval is currently on a short-term loan with North Carolina Railhawks and Lopez has yet to see any first time minutes.

Friday’s match at CenturyLink Field will provide an opportunity for RSL to gain much needed ground in the Supporters’ Shield race, so choosing the best pair to start will be imperative. RSL’s 2-1 win over FC Dallas saw Robbie Findley notch his first goal of the year, making his case to earn a second-straight start on Friday. The match also saw the MLS debut of Argentine striker Sebastian Jaime who subbed on in the 67th minute, and the return of Alvaro Saborio who scored the game-winner just 14 seconds after entering the match in the 76th minute. RSL’s 2014 leading goal scorer and regular starter Joao Plata will be back from international duty with Ecuador, but after playing last Saturday and a week of travel, might serve as an option off the bench.

After dealing with multiple injuries and international absences, Real Salt Lake now has a plethora of dangerous attackers. With the positive development come new challenges, as finding out how best to use them will be the Claret-and-Cobalt’s next big task.

Will RSL be able to quell the deadly duo of Dempsey and Martins?

Real Salt Lake will likely face the lethal forward duo of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins for the first time on Friday. Seattle Sounders FC was without Dempsey in the clubs’ first meeting of the year on May 31 due to international duty, which saw the Cascadia club end RSL’s 12-game unbeaten start to the season with a 4-0 thumping at CenturyLink Field. In the clubs’ second encounter on Aug. 16, RSL pulled off a 2-1 win at Rio Tinto Stadium in a match that did not feature Martins who was serving a red card suspension.

Dempsey and Martins have been incredibly dangerous this year with Martins leading the Seattle club in goals and assists with 12 tallies and nine helpers. Dempsey has also been fruitful this year, notching 11 goals and six assists on the season. Dempsey and Martins have a combined total of 18 goals scored when on the field together, with the U.S. Men’s National team Captain only scoring this year when Martins is playing. The Cascadia club has been prolific on a whole, notching a total of 48 goals this season, second most in the league behind LA Galaxy.

Real Salt Lake will have to be especially wary of the dynamic pair on Seattle’s home turf, with the Sounders unbeaten in its last four games at CenturyLink Field. The Pacific Northwest side enters Friday’s match on a three-game win streak and four-game unbeaten run.

Major implications for Supporters’ Shield

Real Salt Lake will be looking for three points on Friday, as the race for the Supporters’ Shield heats up with just seven games remaining in the regular season. Real Salt Lake will need rack up points if it is to remain a contender, with Seattle sitting first with 51 points and 16 wins, followed by L.A. with 49 points and 14 wins and then D.C. United with 47 points and 14 wins. Seattle, L.A. and D.C. all claim higher goal differentials – the second tiebreaker if even on points and number of wins at the end of the season. The Claret-and-Cobalt has found measured success at Seattle, posting a 2-3-2 regular season record at CenturyLink Field.

Supporters’ Shield Standings as of 9/10

#

Club

PTS

GP

PPG

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

HG

HGD

RG

RGD

1

Seattle Sounders FC

51

26

1.96

16

7

3

48

35

13

22

11

26

2

2

LA Galaxy

49

26

1.88

14

5

7

54

27

27

33

22

21

5

3

D.C. United

47

27

1.74

14

8

5

42

30

12

25

14

17

-2

4

Real Salt Lake

46

27

1.7

12

5

10

42

32

10

24

11

18

-1

5

FC Dallas

42

27

1.56

12

9

6

46

36

10

26

9

20

1

6

Sporting Kansas City

42

28

1.5

12

10

6

39

34

5

21

5

18

0

7

New England Revolution

39

27

1.44

12

12

3

39

38

1

23

11

16

-10

8

Columbus Crew

36

27

1.33

9

9

9

38

34

4

22

8

16

-4

9

Philadelphia Union

36

27

1.33

9

9

9

43

41

2

23

4

20

-2

10

Portland Timbers

35

27

1.3

8

8

11

47

46

1

28

0

19

1

11

New York Red Bulls

34

26

1.31

8

8

10

41

39

2

28

10

13

-8

12

Vancouver Whitecaps

34

26

1.31

7

6

13

33

34

-1

20

2

13

-3

13

Toronto FC

33

26

1.27

9

11

6

35

42

-7

17

-2

18

-5

14

Houston Dynamo

31

26

1.19

9

13

4

31

48

-17

21

3

10

-20

15

Colorado Rapids

30

27

1.11

8

13

6

37

46

-9

22

9

15

-18

16

Chicago Fire

29

26

1.12

5

7

14

33

39

-6

16

1

17

-7

17

San Jose Earthquakes

27

25

1.08

6

10

9

32

36

-4

19

1

13

-5

18

Chivas USA

24

27

0.89

6

15

6

23

47

-24

10

-15

13

-9

19

Montreal Impact

20

26

0.77

5

16

5

29

48

-19

17

-2

12

-17

 

08 September 11:54 am

Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio made quite the return on Saturday against Dallas, scoring the game-winner just 14 seconds after stepping onto the pitch. The appearance was Saborio’s first since suffering a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot while with the Costa Rican national team at the end of May. The injury saw Saborio miss the 2014 FIFA World Cup and three months of MLS play (post-injury), with his last Claret-and-Cobalt appearance coming on May 11 in the club’s 5-2 win at Houston Dynamo. RSL’s all-time leading scorer worked incredibly hard to return from his injury as fast as possible and his dedication paid off with the incredible moment on Saturday. Saborio now has seven goals on the season and 59 career regular season tallies for the Claret-and-Cobalt

Relive the spectacle in all its glory above.