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April 7, 2012 9:00 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 16870‎
20′ A. Saborío

MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - Colorado Rapids

The Rocky Mountain Cup resumes with the Rapids visiting Salt Lake, looking for a first win in seven tries against RSL.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Beltran, Borchers, Olave, Wingert; Steele, Beckerman, Gil, Johnson; Saborio, Espindola.


DOUBTFUL: FW Cody Arnoux (L adductor strain), MF Enzo Martinez (lower back spasms), MF Nico Muñiz (R MCL sprain)
Colorado Rapids (4-3-3): Pickens; Kimura, Wynne, Moor, Zapata; Larentowicz, Castrillon, Rivero; Mullan, Cummings, Cascio.


OUT: MF Jamie Smith (R ACL tear); DF Anthony Wallace (L Achilles tear); MF Pablo Mastroeni (headaches)

DOUBTFUL: FW Conor Casey (L Achilles tear)

  • Last-game results in the Rocky Mountain Cup put Real Salt Lake into the playoffs at the expense of Colorado in 2008 and 2009. A loss to RSL also prevented the Rapids from making the playoffs in 2007.
  • In all, RSL hasn't lost to Colorado in six games, with two wins and four draws.
  • This is Colorado's first match against Western Conference opposition. Fresh off a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire, the Rapids have nine points from four games, tied for second in the West.
  • First in the West, of course, is Real, with one extra game played. A midweek win over the Montreal Impact moved the team up to 12 points.
  • "I expect and demand a better effort from all the guys, and I’m quite certain I will get it," Jason Kreis said after the Montreal game. "It should be a great game because Colorado is a very good team this year. They are looking quite different than they have over the past several seasons, and maybe it will be a beautiful soccer game."

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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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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
18Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
2Tony Beltran Defender
4Jamison OlaveDefender
6Nat BorchersDefender
17Chris WingertDefender
5Kyle BeckermanMidfielder
4Will JohnsonStriker
21Luis GilMidfielder
26Juan Sebastián VelásquezMidfielder
9Fabian EspindolaStriker
15A. SaboríoStriker
28Kyle ReynishGoalkeeper
28Chris SchulerDefender
-Yordany Alvarez OropezaMidfielder
22Jonathan SteeleMidfielder
23Paulo Jr.Striker
21Terukazu TanakaDefender
-Emiliano Nicolas BonfigliStriker
-Matt PickensGoalkeeper
3Drew MoorDefender
-Luis Eduardo ZapataDefender
22Marvell WynneDefender
27Kosuke KimuraDefender
-Tyrone MarshallDefender
20Jeff LarentowiczMidfielder
-Martín RiveroMidfielder
11Brian MullanMidfielder
-J. CastrillónMidfielder
7Omar CummingsStriker
-Steward CeusGoalkeeper
-Hunter FreemanDefender
-Scott PalgutaDefender
-Joseph NaneDefender
-W. ThompsonMidfielder
28Tony CascioMidfielder
13Kamani HillStriker
Players to Watch
Kyle Beckerman
Kyle Beckerman
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
6 2 0 0
Jeff Larentowicz
Jeff Larentowicz
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
6 2 0 0
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Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
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