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  • April 7, 2012
  • • 9:00 PM
  • • Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
  • Referee: J. Marrufo
  • • Attendance: 16870

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.

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)‎ Sep 19, 2014 Real Salt Lake 5 - Colorado Rapids 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Aug 2, 2014 Colorado Rapids 0 - Real Salt Lake 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ May 17, 2014 Real Salt Lake 2 - Colorado Rapids 1
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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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Last Five Matches
Team News
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.Midfielder
21Terukazu TanakaDefender
-Emiliano Nicolas BonfigliStriker
-Matt PickensGoalkeeper
3Drew MoorDefender
-Luis Eduardo ZapataDefender
22Marvell WynneDefender
27Kosuke KimuraDefender
-Tyrone MarshallDefender
20Jeff LarentowiczMidfielder
5Martín RiveroMidfielder
11Brian MullanMidfielder
-J. CastrillónMidfielder
7Omar CummingsStriker
-Steward CeusGoalkeeper
-Hunter FreemanDefender
-Scott PalgutaDefender
-Joseph NaneMidfielder
-W. ThompsonMidfielder
28Tony CascioMidfielder
13Kamani HillStriker
Players to Watch
Kyle Beckerman
Kyle Beckerman
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
23 2 3 0
Jeff Larentowicz
Jeff Larentowicz
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
27 5 0 0
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