RSL trying to ease road woes

Defending champs head to Houston for key win away from home

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.”