RSL Preview, Part I: Overview

With bulk of roster returning, consistency is key in 2010

For MLS Cup
champions, it will be a busy 2010

RSL hopes the likes of Mathis and Movsisyan can be replaced

By Randy Davis, MLSsoccer.com

 

 The following is
the first in a five-part series by MLSSoccer.com beat writer Randy Davis
previewing the 2010 season for Real Salt Lake.

 

SANDY, Utah — Although Real Salt Lake have maintained a
large portion of their roster from a season ago, they still have had to
accommodate some significant changes.

 

Two key members of the 2009 roster have since departed:
Clint Mathis and Yura Movsisyan. The team will have a challenge filling their
shoes, as both players contributed significantly to the team’s attack for long
stretches last season.

 

In addition to roster changes, Real Salt Lake will face
fixture congestion in the second half of the year. Contributing to the back log
is a two-week World Cup break during the regular season as well as RSL’s
participation in the CONCACAF Champions League.

 

Although the Champions League schedule has not yet been
released, Real Salt Lake will play three home and three away matches from
mid-August through late-October. This has typically been a critical stretch for
the club during the last two seasons, when RSL has needed to earn points on the
final weekend in order to make the playoffs.

 

This season RSL will want to try to “bank” some points early
to compensate for the late-season challenges they will encounter.

 

2010 Arrivals

Álvaro Saborío, FW (Loan from FC Sion)

Luis Gil, MF (Trade from Kansas City Wizards)

Collen Warner, MF (SuperDraft – 1st Round)

Chris Schuler, DF (SuperDraft – 3rd Round)

Rauwshan McKenzie, DF (Picked up from waivers)

Tim Melia, GK (Rochester Rhinos, USSF D2)

 

2010 Departures

 Yura Movsisyan, FW (Randers FC, Danish Superliga)

 Clint Mathis, MF (Trade to LA Galaxy)

 Chris Seitz, GK (Trade to Philadelphia Union)

 Rachid El Khalifi, MF (Released)

 Tino Nuñez, FW (Released)

 Raphael Cox, MF (Released)

 

 2009 By the Numbers

Overall Record: 11-12-7, 40 points (T-8th)

Home Record: 9-1-5, 32 points (1st)

Road Record: 2-11-2, 8 points (13th)

Shots: 423 (1st)

Shots on Goal: 184 (1st)

Goals: 43 (T -2nd)

Goal Differential: +8 (4th)

Home Goal Differential: +23 (1st)

Road Goal Differential: -15 (12th)