Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. New York City FC
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Saturday, May 23 – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST)
Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 19/20 – Draw 23/10 – New York City 3/1
Salt Lake are in desperate need of a win after an embarrassing 4-1 loss to Montreal Impact last weekend and come into the game with only one win in seven.
Another key aspect of RSL’s poor form in their lack of goals recently, managing just four in their last seven games in MLS. Salt Lake do have reason for optimism however, as star striker Joao Plata has resumed full training.
Real Salt Lake’s 2015 MLS record: P11 – W3 – D5 – L3Embed from Getty Images
New York City are arguably the worst team in MLS at the moment. They have failed to register a win in their last nine outings and three red cards in their last four MLS matches suggests that they are having a disciplinary crisis.
New York City’s 2015 MLS record: P11 – W1 – D4 – L6
Jason Kreis’ men are lacking motivation and need a win to keep their season afloat, and at the moment, they seem like a club that are waiting for Frank Lampard to save them.
Real Salt Lake’s Chris Schuler is out. Javier Morales, Sebastien Jaime and Boyd Okwuonu are also doubts. Joao Plata is back in full training following injury, so could start. Jordan Allen is away on international duty.Embed from Getty Images
New York City are without George John, Tony Taylor and Josh Williams, while Javier Calle and Kwame Watson-Siriboe are doubtful. Ned Grabavoy is a slight doubt but could be fit to play. Patrick Mullins is expected to start ahead of Khiry Shelton up top.
Real Salt Lake’s last five: L/D/D/W/L
New York City’s last five: L/L/L/L/D
Key Stat: There has been a red card in seven of New York City’s 11 matches this season.
Key Player: Josh Saunders – The NYC goalkeeper returns to Rio Tinto stadium at the weekend after a brief spell there in 2013. He will need to be at his early season best to keep New York City in this game.Embed from Getty Images
Real Salt Lake 2-0 New York City – New York City have failed to win in nine and it’s tough to see them changing that away from home.