RSL trying to ease road woes

Defending champs head to Houston for key win away from home

SANDY, Utah — Real Salt Lake scored 14 goals at home in 2009 before
they found the back of the net even once away from the thin Rocky
Mountain air.

And although the defending champs reversed that
trend at least momentarily last weekend with a 3-0 romp over San Jose
at Buck Shaw Stadium, coach Jason Kreis is preaching one thing to his
players this season – consistency. 

“All we've been talking
about this year is consistency, whether it's the second game, the 12th
game or the 30th game,” Kreis said Tuesday, asserting the team needs to
remain consistent in how the team views itself as the reigning champs.
“We didn’t pay attention to what people said before, so why should we
start now that they have good things to say?”

It’s a tough but
fair stance heading into RSL’s second road test in as many matches,
this time against the Houston Dynamo on Thursday night at Robertson
Stadium.

Kyle Beckerman told MLSsoccer.com that the win in San
Jose last week does help to give the team a boost, especially heading
into such a tough task in Houston.

“It’s good to open the season like that, especially on the road,” Beckerman said.

Teammate
Chris Wingert mentioned that Javier Morales’ wonderful first half
strike gave the team confidence in that game, and the win may
potentially boost the team’s road efforts. 

“That gave us real
confidence going forward,” Wingert said. “It was great to start out the
season with three points, but there's no time to focus on the win.”