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October 14, 2011 10:35 PM EDT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park — Denver, Colorado
Referee:‬ R. Salazar‎
Attendance:‬ 16272‎

MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids - Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake looks to snap a four-game losing streak and win the Rocky Mountain Cup at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

By Seth Vertelney

Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Luis Gil, Real Salt Lake, MLS
George Frey

Colorado Rapids (4-4-2): Pickens; Kimura, Wynne, Moor, Palguda; Mullan, Larentowicz, Mastroeni, Smith; Cummings, Nyassi.


OUT: FW Conor Casey (L achilles tear); DF Anthony Wallace (R knee arthroscopic surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: FW Caleb Folan (L ankle sprain)

PROBABLE: GK Matt Pickens (R groin strain); MF Jamie Smith (R hamstring strain / R calf strain)

Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Russell, Borchers, Olave, Wingert; Williams, Morales, Gil, Johnson; Espindola, Saborio.


OUT: DF Tony Beltran (L adductor strain); MF Nelson Gonzalez (R foot fracture); MF Will Johnson (R ankle sprain);

DOUBTFUL: MF Ned Grabavoy (L adductor strain); GK Kyle Reynish (R ankle bone spur);

QUESTIONABLE: FW Chris Agorsor (L hamstring strain);

PROBABLE: DF Robbie Russell (R hamstring strain)

  • Real Salt Lake is looking to win its fourth straight Rocky Mountain Cup. RSL defeated Colorado 1-0 in April on a late Fabian Espindola goal.

  • Colorado is in eighth place overall in MLS and will clinch a playoff berth with a win in this match.
  • RSL has lost four consecutive league matches, its longest skid since 2007, but has already locked up a playoff berth.
  • Kyle Beckerman and Collen Warner will both sit out this match for RSL with red card suspensions.
  • This could be Rapids head coach Gary Smith's final season in charge. He has admitted there is a "relationship issue" between himself and technical director Paul Bravo that may see Smith not re-sign with Colorado when his contract expires at the end of the season.
  • Rapids defender Drew Moor has scored the last two goals for the Rapids and now has four this season, a career high.

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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Aug 3, 2013 Colorado Rapids 2 - Real Salt Lake 2
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Apr 6, 2013 Colorado Rapids 1 - Real Salt Lake 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Mar 16, 2013 Real Salt Lake 1 - Colorado Rapids 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Aug 4, 2012 Colorado Rapids 1 - Real Salt Lake 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jul 21, 2012 Real Salt Lake 2 - Colorado Rapids 0
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Available Squads
-Matt PickensGoalkeeper
27Kosuke KimuraDefender
22Marvell WynneDefender
-Tyrone MarshallDefender
3Drew MoorDefender
11Brian MullanMidfielder
11Sanna NyassiMidfielder
-W. ThompsonMidfielder
20Jeff LarentowiczMidfielder
25Pablo MastroeniMidfielder
7Omar CummingsStriker
-Steward CeusGoalkeeper
-Scott PalgutaDefender
20Jamie SmithMidfielder
16Ross LaBauexMidfielder
-Joseph NaneDefender
18Caleb FolanStriker
-Macoumba KandjiStriker
18Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
4Jamison OlaveDefender
3Robbie RussellDefender
6Nat BorchersDefender
17Chris WingertDefender
11Javier MoralesMidfielder
77Andy WilliamsGoalkeeper
-Yordany Alvarez OropezaMidfielder
21Luis GilMidfielder
15A. SaboríoStriker
9Fabian EspindolaStriker
28Tim MeliaGoalkeeper
28Chris SchulerDefender
31Rauwshan McKenzieDefender
-A. ÁlvarezStriker
23Paulo Jr.Striker
-Jean AlexandreMidfielder
-Cody ArnouxStriker
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