The last unbeaten team in Major League Soccer can make a big statement with a win over its regional rival.Real Salt Lake could accomplish an impressive triple feat this weekend with a win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday (9:30 p.m. ET, MLS LIVE).
With three points, the Royals would not only beat their Rocky Mountain rivals, they'd continue their unbeaten start to the season and might even overtake the Seattle Sounders at the top of the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield tables.
Jeff Cassar has two months of competitive soccer under his belt as a head coach, but has yet to taste the sting of defeat, leading his charges to a 5-0-5 start in Major League Soccer.
Colorado hasn't been quite as impressive, but the Rapids have still put together a solid 4-3-3 record. Its weakness lies in attack: the Rapids have found the net just 11 times, and four of those were penalties. Edson Buddle has been disappointing since joining from Los Angeles last season, scoring just six goals in 31 appearances. He's got one in seven so far in 2014.
Recent history is on the side of the visitors in this one. Colorado won the 2013 Rocky Mountain Cup after six years of Claret-and-Cobalt domination, and RSL hasn't picked up a win against the Rapids in any of their last four meetings.