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March 24, 2012 9:06 PM EDT
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Referee:‬ M. Kadlecik‎
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MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - Chivas USA

Former coaching prodigy Robin Fraser returns to Salt Lake in search of a first point against his former mentor.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Beltran, Olave, Schuler, Wingert; Velasquez, Beckerman, Gil, Grabavoy; Espindola, Paulo Jr.


QUESTIONABLE: DF Nat Borchers (L quadriceps strain); MF Will Johnson (R adductor strain)

PROBABLE: FW Álvaro Saborío (R knee internal injury)
Chivas USA (4-5-1): Kennedy; Riley, McKenzie, Pearce, Jazic; Courtois, Minda, LaBrocca, Vagenas, Smith; Townsendi.


OUT: MF Marvin Iraheta (L knee ACL); DF Michael Lahoud (R hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: FW Juan Pablo Angel (head contusion); MF Laurent Courtois (L calf strain)

PROBABLE: MF Blair Gavin (R hamstring strain); FW Alejandro Moreno (broken nose)

  • Last year RSL posted two 1-0 wins over Chivas USA to extend its unbeaten run against the Goats to five (four wins, one draw).
  • Chivas coach Robin Fraser was formerly an assistant under Jason Kreis at Salt Lake.
  • Real has opened the 2012 season with victories over the two MLS teams with the highest payrolls. Fabian Espindola scored in each win, away against the LA Galaxy and at home versus the New York Red Bulls.
  • During that same stretch, Chivas USA has lost two matches at home. The defeat to the Houston Dynamo was no surprise, give the Goats' awful record against that team (two wins in franchise history), but the Vancouver Whitecaps had never won away before beating Chivas 1-0.
  • Javier Morales' second son, Mateo, was born this week.
  • Chivas USA signed goalkeeper Patrick McLain and defender Scott Gordon this week.

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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ May 19, 2013 Chivas USA 1 - Real Salt Lake 4
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Apr 20, 2013 Real Salt Lake 1 - Chivas USA 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Sep 29, 2012 Chivas USA 0 - Real Salt Lake 4
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jun 16, 2012 Chivas USA 0 - Real Salt Lake 3
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Available Squads
18Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
2Tony Beltran Defender
4Jamison OlaveDefender
17Chris WingertDefender
28Chris SchulerDefender
5Kyle BeckermanMidfielder
20Ned GrabavoyMidfielder
21Luis GilMidfielder
23Paulo Jr.Striker
26Juan Sebastián VelásquezMidfielder
9Fabian EspindolaStriker
28Kyle ReynishGoalkeeper
6Nat BorchersDefender
11Javier MoralesMidfielder
-Yordany Alvarez OropezaMidfielder
22Jonathan SteeleMidfielder
-Emiliano Nicolas BonfigliStriker
15A. SaboríoStriker
1Dan KennedyGoalkeeper
44Heath PearceDefender
31Rauwshan McKenzieDefender
26James RileyDefender
6Ante JazicDefender
33Peter VagenasMidfielder
30O. MindaMidfielder
2Nick LaBroccaMidfielder
-Laurent CourtoisMidfielder
-Ryan SmithMidfielder
-Casey TownsendStriker
28Tim MeliaGoalkeeper
-Scott GordonDefender
-John Alexander Valencia HinestrozaDefender
51M. BolañosMidfielder
14Ben ZemanskiMidfielder
15Alejandro MorenoStriker
-César RomeroStriker
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
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6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
3 2