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June 23, 2012 9:00 PM EDT
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Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
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MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - San Jose Earthquakes

The two best teams in the West square off, with RSL likely gun-shy after choking on a two-goal lead against California opposition earlier this week.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes; Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake; MLS
Ezra Shaw
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Beltran, Olave, Borchers, Wingert; Grabavoy, Beckerman, Morales, Johnson; Saborio, Espindola.


OUT: DF Chris Schuler (L foot bone stress response)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Sebastian Velasquez (R foot turf toe); MF Luis Gil (R knee strain)

PROBABLE: MF Javier Morales (R quadriceps strain); DF Jamison Olave (R calf strain)
San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): Busch; Beitashour, Bernardez, Hernandez, Morrow; Chavez, Baca, Cronin, Dawkins; Wondolowski, Lenhart.


OUT: MF Sam Garza (rib fracture); MF Joey Gjertsen (R knee surgery); DF Tim Ward (L non-specific soft tissue injury)
  • The last three times these teams have met, Kyle Beckerman has scored. With three goals 14 games into this season, Beckerman has matched or surpassed his tally for each of the last seven seasons.
  • These teams perch atop the Western Conference with RSL two points ahead.
  • Chris Wondolowski leads the league with 12 goals this season.
  • These teams were on opposite sides of comebacks midweek. Wondo's 12th goal came as a stoppage time penalty, giving San Jose a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. Salt Lake meanwhile coughed up a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to the LA Galaxy.
  • RSL picked up former New England Revolution forward Kenny Mansally this week.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
18Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
2Tony Beltran Defender
6Nat BorchersDefender
17Chris WingertDefender
5Kyle BeckermanMidfielder
4Will JohnsonStriker
11Javier MoralesMidfielder
20Ned GrabavoyMidfielder
21Terukazu TanakaDefender
9Fabian EspindolaStriker
15A. SaboríoStriker
28Kyle ReynishGoalkeeper
-Chris EstridgeMidfielder
-Yordany Alvarez OropezaMidfielder
21Luis GilMidfielder
22Jonathan SteeleMidfielder
23Paulo Jr.Striker
-Emiliano Nicolas BonfigliStriker
18Jon BuschGoalkeeper
-Ramiro CorralesDefender
2Justin MorrowDefender
21Jason HernandezDefender
5V. BernárdezDefender
33Steven BeitashourDefender
9Khari StephensonMidfielder
81Marvin ChávezMidfielder
8Chris WondolowskiStriker
-Simon DawkinsStriker
16Steven LenhartStriker
1David BinghamGoalkeeper
3Ike OparaDefender
-T. MorenoMidfielder
-Rafael BacaMidfielder
-Jean AlexandreMidfielder
6Shea SalinasMidfielder
24Alan GordonStriker
Players to Watch
Fabian Espindola
Fabian Espindola
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
6 2 0 0
Alan Gordon
Alan Gordon
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 24
Games Goals YC RC
5 0 0 0
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4 1