Preview: RSL, Union Meet for First Time

Road-weary Union head west to face hungry RSL

Seitz with Philly v. SEA (620x350)

Photo Credit: 
Tom Hauck/Getty Images

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The basics

  • Real Salt Lake (2-3-1, t-7th in West) vs. Philadelphia Union (1-4-0, 7th in East)
  • All-time record: First meeting

TV Info:

  • KUSG 2.2 (Comcast 111/Dish Network 12), MLS Direct Kick Package, Matchday Live (Click here)

Radio Info:

  • KALL 700 Sports (English) (coverage begins at 1:00 p.m.), ESPN Deportes 1600-AM & Homero 106.1-FM (Spanish)

What's at stake?

The Union are looking for their first road points, and trying to
weather the storm of a road- heavy start to their inaugural season.
Real Salt Lake are trying to ascend the table after a challenging start
to their MLS Cup defense.

Last meeting:

The teams have never met.

Heroes & Villains

Real Salt Lake forwards Alvaro Saborio and Robbie Findley vs. Philadelphia goalkeeper Chris Seitz:
Although the Union backline hasn’t been as porous as the typical
expansion side, Findley and Saborio will get their chances against the
young ‘keeper. Seitz has had a couple of shaky moments during this
campaign. Can he shake off the nerves against his old club and have a
solid outing?

Philadelphia forward Alejandro Moreno and midfielder Fred vs. Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman: With Sebastien Le Toux
listed as questionable for this one, the Union will need to create
chances elsewhere. In this case, they may need a couple of veteran
attacking players to find spaces behind an aggressive RSL midfield to
create the opportunities needed.

Stat that makes you go “Hmmmmmm”:

Real Salt Lake have given up just eight goals in their first six
matches, but remarkably half of those goals have come from the penalty
spot.

He said it:

“I still think they’ve got the right pieces. They’ve got a very good
coach. I think they have what it takes to be a good team this year.” -
Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis on Philadelphia’s expansion squad.

 

Keys to the Game
Real Salt Lake
  • Avoid giving up yet another penalty kick
  • Finish a scoring chance early to make Philly chase the game

Philadelphia
  • Find some offensive production to pick up the slack for
    injured Le Toux
  • Frustrate Real Salt Lake by absorbing their pressure early
    without giving up a goal
Injuries
Real Salt Lake

QUESTIONABLE:
MF Ned Grabavoy (R MCL sprain); FW Fabian Espíndola (L ankle sprain);
PROBABLE: MF Nelson Gonzalez (illness); DF Jamison Olave (R knee
derangement)


Philadelphia

QUESTIONABLE:
FW Sebastien Le Toux (L knee sprain); DF Jordan Harvey (bruised ribs);
PROBABLE: DF Cristian Arrieta (L toe sprain)