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04 September 11:59 am

Alright RSL nation, MLSsoccer.com just posted a poll asking whether Brad Guzan or Nick Rimando should be the U.S. Men’s National Team’s number goalkeeper while Tim Howard is on a one-year sabbatical. Rimando just put in a fantastic second half performance for the USMNT on Wednesday, making four saves to preserve the Americans’ 1-0 win over Czech Republic. The U.S. is currently unbeaten with Rimando in net, posting a 13-0-2 with the RSL veteran between the posts.

So who do you think should be Jurgen Klinsmann's No. 1 goalkeeper in 2015? RSL fans knows the answer, so let’s show the league and vote for Nick HERE!

29 August 1:36 pm

With nine games left, RSL in search of points in airtight west

 
With just nine games remaining in the 2014 MLS regular season, Real Salt Lake will be in need of points this weekend as the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings remain airtight. After last weekend’s 2-1 loss at FC Dallas and LA Galaxy’s midweek win over D.C. United, the Claret-and-Cobalt slipped into fourth-place in the Western Conference. RSL currently posts an 11-5-9 record for a total of 42 points which ties the club on points with FC Dallas, but the Texas side records one more win than the Utah club to situate itself above RSL. LA (43 points) is parked above FC Dallas while Seattle Sounders FC (45 points) claim first-place in the west and league with a game in hand on RSL. Vancouver Whitecaps FC currently occupy the fifth and final playoff spot with 33 points. But the clubs underneath the red line can’t be discounted either – just three points separate the ‘Caps and Portland Timbers (31 points) and Colorado Rapids (30 points).  
 
If RSL wants to remain in the race for Supporters’ Shield and at least secure a top-three finish in the west, the Claret-and-Cobalt will have to produce on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
 
Western Conference
#
Club
PTS
GP
PPG
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
HG
HGD
RG
RGD
1
45
24
1.88
14
7
3
43
33
10
21
10
22
0
2
43
24
1.79
12
5
7
45
27
18
27
16
18
2
3
42
25
1.68
12
7
6
45
33
12
26
9
19
3
4
42
25
1.68
11
5
9
39
30
9
22
10
17
-1
5
33
24
1.38
7
5
12
33
31
2
20
5
13
-3
6
31
25
1.24
7
8
10
41
43
-2
25
0
16
-2
7
30
25
1.2
8
11
6
37
39
-2
22
9
15
-11
8
25
23
1.09
6
10
7
28
32
-4
18
1
10
-5
9
24
24
1
6
12
6
21
37
-16
8
-10
13
-6
 
Will Saturday see the debut of new RSL signing Sebastian Jaime?
 
Saturday’s contest at Buck Shaw Stadium could see the debut of newly signed Real Salt Lake forward Sebastian Jaime. The Argentine striker joined the club earlier this week and will travel with RSL to San Jose, but the newcomer will likely only serve as an option off the bench. Jaime was acquired from Chilean Primera División club Unión Española earlier this month and will hopefully provide another dangerous attacking option with RSL in need of positive results in the final stretch of the season.
 
Can RSL take advantage of an injury-riddled San Jose?
 
Real Salt Lake will not be facing a full-strength San Jose Earthquakes squad on Saturday night. The Bay Area club has been injury-riddled, suffering multiple blows to some of its most critical players. Newly signed Designated Player Matias Perez Garcia picked up a serious knee injury against FC Dallas on Aug. 16 that will see him miss Saturday’s match and up to four more weeks. San Jose will also be without forward Steven Lenhart who also suffered a knee injury and defender Clarence Goodson who is recovering from a toe injury. Perhaps most disheartening for the Quakes, in-form midfielder Yannick Djalo picked up a quad strain on Aug. 2 against Seattle and has not returned to the starting lineup since.  Despite the rash of injuries, RSL will still need to be wary of the California side as forward Chris Wondolowski continues to be a force to be reckoned with, recording his fifth-straight season with 10 or more goals.
27 August 12:29 pm

Real Salt Lake will look to bounce back from its 2-1 defeat at the hands of FC Dallas on Saturday, when it takes on San Jose Earthquakes at 8:30 p.m. MT at Buck Shaw Stadium on CW30.

Real Salt Lake and San Jose played to a wild 3-3 draw the last time they met on March 15 in RSL’s second game of the 2014 season. San Jose took an early lead, getting a sixth minute goal from FW Chris Wondolowski to go up 1-0. RSL hit back with three unanswered goals before halftime, with Captain Kyle Beckerman equalizing with a fantastic 11th minute strike before forward Joao Plata scored in the 32nd and midfielder Luke Mulholland tallied in first half stoppage time to give RSL a 3-1 lead at the break. Unfortunately, the Claret-and-Cobalt couldn’t hold onto its advantage, with defender Victor Bernardez scoring in the 75th and 95th to give the Quakes a result.

Saturday’s match will be a critical one as the playoff race in the Western Conference heats up in the final stretch of the season. San Jose has struggled recently, going winless in its last four matches for an eighth-place spot in the west. But San Jose can never be discounted, as the last match between the two sides proved all too well. Check out the March 15 match highlights above.

20 August 2:11 pm

Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas will meet for the second time this season on Friday night, with the Claret-and-Cobalt heading to Texas in search of its second-ever win at FCD. Friday's game will kick at 7:00 p.m. MT and will be nationally broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

Here are a few storylines to watch ahead of the match:

RSL looking to stay atop the west; continue six-game unbeaten run

The Claret-and-Cobalt has emerged from its mid-summer slump, now going unbeaten in its last six games for a 4-0-2 record. RSL is also currently riding a three-game win streak in the month of August, defeating Colorado Rapids 2-1 on Aug. 2, downing D.C. United 3-0 on Aug. 9 and topping Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 on Aug. 16.

The win over the Sounders last Saturday moved the Claret-and-Cobalt to the top of the Western Conference and inserted RSL into the Supporters’ Shield race with an with a current 11-4-9 record and total of 42 points. RSL is currently tied for first in the league on points with Sporting Kansas City, but the MLS Cup foe has the slight edge with one more win than the Utah club to break the deadlock.

Real Salt Lake has a difficult end to the season with 10 games remaining – six on the road and four at home – all against competitive Western Conference teams. A win on Friday in Dallas will surely help keep the Claret-and-Cobalt in the conversation for both top spots, especially with Seattle only one point behind RSL and only nine points separating RSL and fifth-place Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who occupy the final playoff spot.

Will RSL be able to quell Dallas’ dangerous attack?

The Claret-and-Cobalt will have its hands full on Friday, when it takes on what some argue is the most dangerous attack in MLS. FC Dallas has been on a roll of its own, going unbeaten in its last nine games and winning three straight. Dallas enter Friday’s match coming off a 5-0 thrashing of San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium last weekend. MLS rookie striker Tesho Akindele notched his first professional hat trick and forward Fabian Castillo recorded a brace in the 5-0 demolition. The Hoops’ attacking duo has been on fire lately, as Akindele has scored six goals in Dallas’ last six matches and Castillo has five goals and three assists in their last six.

RSL’s back line will have to be particularly aware of the dangerous duo, whose speed and confidence will be especially difficult in a hostile and sweltering environment on Friday.

Can RSL beat the odds in Texas?

RSL has struggled historically in Texas, recording its first-ever win in the Lone Star State last year. The Claret-and-Cobalt defeated FC Dallas 3-0 on July 13, 2013 at Toyota Stadium, a win that also marked the club’s 100th regular season victory in MLS. The Claret-and-Cobalt continued to make history in Texas this year, defeating Houston Dynamo for the first time at BBVA Compass Stadium with a 5-2 win on May 11.

Even though RSL has had recent success in Texas, the Claret-and-Cobalt won’t have history on its side as RSL posts a 1-11-2 record at Dallas across all competitions. In 12 regular season matches at FCD, RSL has only recorded nine goals while allowing 21. Despite RSL’s poor all-time record in Texas, the Utah club should be at full strength when the two sides meet on Friday, although the status of midfielder Javier Morales is still TBD. RSL was able to pull off last year’s 3-0 win with an unfamiliar lineup as Captain Kyle Beckerman, defender Tony Beltran, goalkeeper Nick Rimando and forward Alvaro Saborio were all unavailable due to international duty. Let’s hope a confident and healthy Real Salt Lake can work some magic and make it two in a row on Friday.

20 August 12:11 pm

The last time Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas met in Texas, RSL won its first-ever match in the Lone Star State with a 3-0 rout on July 13, 2013. The victory also marked the Claret-and-Cobalt’s 100th regular season win in MLS. RSL MF Javier Morales, MF Ned Grabavoy and FW Olmes Garcia provided the goals in a match that was missing multiple key players – Captain Kyle Beckerman, DF Tony Beltran, GK Nick Rimando and FW Alvaro Saborio were all unavailable due to international duty.

Get pumped for Friday’s match by reliving all the action from last summer’s historic win.

19 August 12:05 pm

Ahead of Real Salt Lake’s clash with FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Friday (7:00 p.m. MT, NBC Sports Network), check out MLSsoccer.com’s latest MLS Now segment. Andrew Wiebe takes a closer look at Dallas’ potent attack after the Texas side demolished San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium last weekend. FCD rookie striker Tesho Akindele notched a hat trick while forward Fabian Castillo ran rampant over the field, recording a brace, to improve the Hoops’ undefeated streak to nine games. The Claret-and-Cobalt – which has only beat Dallas once in Texas – will have its hands full on Friday if the speedy duo remain in their impressive form.

Is FC Dallas’ attack the most dangerous in MLS?

17 August 11:20 am

Real Salt Lake president Bill Manning accepted the ALS #IceBucketChallenge after RSL defeated Seattle Sounders FC in a 2-1 victory on Saturday afternoon. He passed on his three challenges to RSL head coach Jeff Cassar, Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan and Todd Beckerman (Kyle Beckerman's brother).

ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). It is a disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. The #IceBucketChalllenge was started to raise awarness for ALS. If you would like to learn more or to donate click here.