MLS Preview and Prediction: Orlando City vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. Real Salt Lake

Venue: Citrus Bowl – Sunday, March 6 – 14:00 ET (19:00 GMT) 

Match Odds: Orlando 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – Salt Lake 14/5

Match Preview

Orlando City welcome Real Salt Lake to the Citrus Bowl for the first time on the opening weekend of the 2016 Major League Soccer regular season.

Both these sides failed to make the playoffs last time around and both have room for improvement heading into the new campaign.

Orlando City drew their opening game of their inaugural MLS season and went on to finish 7th in the Eastern Conference.

Their best spell of the 2015 campaign nearly pushed them into the playoffs at the end of last season where they won five out of six – five of those wins coming on the bounce.

Adrian Heath has made some key additions to his squad and will be hoping his side can make a push for the playoffs this time around – Orlando had a solid preseason, only losing once so they have some good form to build upon.

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Real Salt Lake come into the new campaign with optimism and will hope for a repeat of their form at the opening of the 2015 season where they went through their first five games unbeaten – winning twice and drawing three.

Jeff Cassar’s side finished the 2015 campaign 9th in the Western Conference and will want to get off to the best possible start to avoid being in the depths this time around.

They didn’t have the best preseason but this is a chance to start afresh and prove to everyone their not just here to make up the numbers.

They crashed out of the CONCACAF Champions League to Tigres but impressed in the second leg on Wednesday and will hope those games have helped their match sharpness.

Their 2015 season ended with four losses in five outings – a domestic run of form they will not be looking to continue.

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Team News

Orlando City have no injuries heading into the new campaign. They have made some key signings, with the likes of Antonio Nocerino and Joe Bendick coming into the squad. Devron Garcia is one to watch for Orlando. He has represented Honduras at U17 and U20 level and is an energetic defensive midfielder. He could prove to be the legs Orlando need in the middle and do some of the running to keep key man Kaka fresh this campaign.

Real Salt Lake also have no injuries ahead of this tie. They welcome back Yura Movsisyan – he won the playoffs in his last spell with the club and has a record of 20 goals in 81 appearances in MLS. Danilo Acosta also signed for RSL and he will be hoping to make his debut here.

Key Points

Orlando City’s preseason form: W/L/W/W/W

Real Salt Lake’s preseason form: L/L/D/D

Key Stat: Travel-sick – Real Salt Lake have struggled on the road, losing ten of their last 12 MLS outings away from home.

Key Player: Kaka – The Orlando captain had a solid first MLS season and now is the time to build on that. He may be 33 now but can still cut it. He bagged nine goals and notched seven assists last season in 28 appearances. He will expected to boss the middle of the park here.

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Score Prediction

Orlando City 3-1 Real Salt Lake – Orlando to get off to a flyer and take advantage of Real Salt Lake’s difficulty on the road. The only meeting between these two last season ended 1-1 but that was at the Rio Tinto Stadium. The Orlando fans will be expecting nothing less than three points and will want to see their side pick up the first opening day win in their short history.

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2016 MLS Season Preview: Real Salt Lake

As the 2016 MLS season edges ever closer, we’ll be publishing each team’s MLS 2016 Season Preview. Today we take a look at what the Real Salt Lake could achieve this season.

Real Salt Lake head into the new season with plenty of room for improvement after a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Western Conference last campaign. Head coach Jeff Cassar has added some new faces to his side in an attempt to freshen things up but this is going to be a tough season ahead and they are going to have to work extremely hard to improve. The fans will not want another season of struggles, so with sides around them becoming stronger, they must remain competitive in what is a fiercely competitive conference. The aim will be to make the playoffs, after missing out for the first time in eight years in 2015.

Last Season’s Finish:

Western Conference – Position: 9th – P34 – W11 – D8 – L15

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What Needs To Change This Year?

Real Salt Lake must tighten up at the back. They conceded 48 goals last season, while netting just 38. They need to ensure they pick up points from sides around them in the Western Conference as clashes with fellow promotion chasers are fiercely competitive. Cassar’s side need to score more goals as their tally of 38 was the second-lowest across both conferences. Signings have been brought in to try and add to the goal tally, while the return of Joao Plata will hep. They lost 15 games last term – the most in one campaign since 2007 – and ensuring they don’t repeat that mistake will put them in a better position.

Key Changes:

InsChris Wingert – Defender, Danilo Acosta – Midfielder, Omar Holness – Midfielder, Sunny Obayen – Midfielder, Emery Welshman – Forward & Yura Movsisyan – Forward

Outs: Elias Vasquez – Defender, Chris Schular – Defender, Abdoulie Mansally – Defender, Pecka – Midfielder, Luis Silva – Midfielder, Sebastian Saucedo – Midfielder & Sebastian Jaime – Forward

Key Player: 

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Nick Rimando – Goalkeeper – As mentioned, the Real Salt Lake goalkeeper saw his side’s goal breached 48 times last season, so he can expect yet another busy campaign between the sticks. He is a top performer for his side, despite the fact that RSL struggled in the 2015 season. The veteran will turn 37 in the 2016 campaign but as we know, age is less relevant with goalkeepers and his experience could be key as RSL look to pick up more points and cause a few upsets.

One to Watch:

Yura Movsisyan – Forward – The Armenian forward returns to Real Salt Lake for a second spell – his previous stint coming between 2007-2009 where he helped RSL to lift the 2009 MLS Cup, scoring once in the playoffs. The 28-year-old striker joins RSL on loan from Russian side Spartak Moscow and is a player that the Claret and Cobalt fans will be looking forward to watching again. His MLS record stands at 20 goals in 81 outings for Real Salt Lake and Kansas City, so he has already shown he is capable in front of goal. The league has changed since he was last involved and he will need to adapt quickly. There is pressure on him to help RSL improve on last season and if he gets off to a good start he could have quite an impact.

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Predicted Finish:

Western Conference – 9th – It may be a downer for Real Salt Lake fans but their current squad doesn’t seem to be one which can improve on last season. They have lost more players than they have signed and squad depth is important – so they could struggle from the off. RSL lost four of their last five of the 2015 campaign and face a tough start to 2016, with three of their first five games away from home. They must ensure they pick up points wherever possible early on to avoid confidence being shattered. There are reasons for optimism, with Joao Plata’s return from injury and the signing of Movsisyan likely to help the team improve but it is difficult at this point to see them climbing the conference.

What are you expecting from Real Salt Lake in 2016?

MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs Sporting Kansas City

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Friday, July 24 – 23:00 ET (Saturday, July 25 – 04:00 BST)

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 13/8 – Draw 11/5 – Sporting Kansas City 6/4

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake entertain Sporting Kansas City in a Western Conference clash which should be full of action.

Salt Lake are undefeated in their last eight regular season home games and will feel this gives them a great chance in this one.

RSL come into this one off the back of their 2-0 home win against Houston Dynamo, which was their first win four outings.

Jeff Cassar’s side came out on top with a 2-1 win in the clash between the sides earlier in the season.

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Sporting Kansas City have been in great form recently, having lost just once in their last 11 outings. They come into the game after their 2-1 win over Montreal Impact, which was their third win on the bounce.

Peter Vermes will be pleased with his side as they sit in fourth place in the Western Conference, just two points behind leaders FC Dallas. If they can continue their recent run of form they will have a great chance of securing top spot, but this will not be a straight forward tie.

SKC will be aware that RSL will put them under pressure and given how tight the Western Conference is, neither side can afford to lose this one. They are separated by seven points but with RSL sitting outside the playoff places, they will make this a difficult game as they look to pile pressure on the sides above them.

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Team News

Real Salt Lake have three injury concerns. Jamison Olave is out while Jordan Allen and Luis Silva are doubtful for this tie. Luke Mulholland is one booking away from suspension.

Sporting Kansas City will be without Ike Opara. Jalil Anibaba, Bernardo Anor and Seth Sinovic are doubts. Dom Dwyer is one caution away from a suspension.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake last five in MLS: L/D/D/L/W

Sporting Kansas City’s last five in MLS: W/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City have won five of their last six regular season games.

Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – The playmaker has netted six goals so far this season and we can expect his creativity to cause RSL problems.

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Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 1-2 Sporting Kansas City – Sporting Kansas City to put an end to Real Salt Lakes home form.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Colorado Rapids vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer Regular Soccer – Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Saturday, July 11 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: Colorado Rapids 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – Real Salt Lake 3/1

Match Preview

Colorado Rapids host Real Salt Lake this weekend in the second meeting between the sides this season, the reverse fixture saw the sides share the points in a 0-0 draw.

Colorado Rapids won their first game after a six match winless run last weekend in their 2-1 home victory over Vancouver Whitecaps. This was a shock result and it should give the Rapids a boost.

Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni knows his side need to build upon last weekends result as they still sit bottom of the Western Conference.

Rapids upcoming fixtures don’t get any easier, with Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy their next two regular season opponents. Victory in this one would be a great lift and back-to-back wins would be ideal heading into those fixtures.

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Real Salt Lake come into this one off the back of their 1-1 home draw against Orlando. Jeff Cassar‘s side have won just once in their last seven regular season ties.

The sides are separated by five points with RSL having played a game more, but neither side has been in any real form this season so we could see a similar tie to the 0-0 earlier in the campaign.

RSL are only four points outside the playoff places but have played more games then sides ahead of them in the Western Conference.

This is a tie RSL must win if they are to keep pressure on the sides above them and you have to fancy them against a Colorado side who have struggled to put together a run of form this season.
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Team News

Colorado Rapids duo Axel Sjoberg and Juan Ramiez both still remain doubtful. Bobby Burling and Jared Watts are one booking away from a suspension.

Real Salt Lake are expected to be without Jamison Olave, while Justen Glad and Chris Schuler are doubts. Abdoulie Mansally is suspended and Luke Mulholland is one booking away from a suspension.

Key Points

Colorado Rapids’ last five in MLS: D/D/L/L/W

Real Salt Lake’s last five in MLS: D/W/L/D/D

Key Stat: Poor on the road – RSL have failed to win their last four regular season ties.

Key Player: Javier Morales – The Real Salt Lake playmaker will be at the centre of their attacking play in this one and will hope he can inspire his side to a win.

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Score Prediction

Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake – A tie Real Salt Lake will expect to win but Colorado will not make it easy for them.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs Sporting Kansas City

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Sunday, June 21 – 22:00 ET (Monday, June 22 – 03:00 BST)

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 9/5 – Draw 13/10 – Sporting Kansas City 6/4

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake host Sporting Kansas City on Sunday evening, with both sides coming into the game off the back of midweek wins in the US Open Cup.

RSL beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 in their cup game, which will fill them with confidence going into this one. They had gone their last three regular season games without a win.

Jeff Cassar will hope this will spur his team on ahead of this tie as they are sitting 9th in the Western Conference.

Their draw last weekend against Colorado Rapids showed just how tight things are in the Western Conference and that they must start to pick up points again otherwise they will run the risk of struggling to make the playoffs.

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Sporting Kansas City continued their good run of form with their 1-0 midweek win over Saint Louis FC. They are now unbeaten in their last seven regular season games and will see this tie as a chance to extend that run.

Peter Vermes will be pleased with his sides run of form and if they were to win their two games in hand they could be top of the Western Conference.

SKC have won their last two regular season games, so the side will be full of confidence, and will be hoping to take six points from their next two fixtures before playing Vancouver Whitecaps, who are well in the race for top spot.

This tie will not be easy for SKC as Real Salt Lake have very strong home form, having lost just once at the Rio Tinto Stadium this season.

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Team News

Real Salt Lake will be without Chris Schuler and Jamison Olave is doubtful. Kyle Beckerman and Abdoulie Mansally are both one yellow away from a suspension.

Sporting Kansas City have five injury concerns; Ike Opara is out, while Bernardo Anor, Paulo Nagamura, Seth Sinovic and Jacob Peterson are all doubtful.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s last five in MLS: L/W/L/L/D

Sporting Kansas City’s last five in MLS: D/W/D/W/W

Key Stat: Fortress – Real Salt Lake have lost just once in their last 18 games at the Rio Tinto Stadium.

Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – The creative midfielder has been in inspired form of late and has netted five goals and has five assists so far this season.

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Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 1-2 Sporting Kansas City – SKC to take all three points against a resilient home side.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake 

Venue: BC Place – Saturday, May 30th – 18:00 ET (23:00 BST)

Match Odds: Vancouver Whitecaps 5/6 – Draw 12/5 – Real Salt Lake 100/30

Match Preview

Vancouver Whitecaps entertain Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening as both sides come into the tie off the back of a loss.

The Whitecaps lost 1-0 away at Colorado Rapids last weekend but are still sitting third in the Western Conference. They are three points ahead of Salt Lake going into the game, the two met earlier in the season with Whitecaps coming out on top in a 1-0 win.

Carl Robinson’s side have already lost five regular season games and need to regain some consistency they showed early on in the season when they won their opening four.

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They have only won one in their last five and risk falling back down the Western Conference if they don’t pick up their performances.

Real Salt Lake lost 1-0 to LA Galaxy on Wednesday night and are sitting just one point outside the playoffs.

Jeff Cassar’s side have been inconsistent but things are on the up since their five game run without a win earlier in the season.

RSL have two home regular season games on the bounce after this one giving them a great chance of picking up some valuable points.

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Scoring is a little bit of a problem for Cassar’s side, with his frontline only registering four goals. He will be routing for João Plata to start scoring now he is back in the fold after his metatarsal injury.

Team News

Vancouver Whitecaps have six injury concerns going into this tie. Andre Lewis and Marco Bustos are still both ruled out, while Sam Adekugbe, Diego Rodriguez, Robert Earnshaw and Erik Hurtado are doubts. Pa Modou Kah and Gershon Koffie are both one booking away from a suspension as is Adekugbe, but he may not feature.

Real Salt Lake have two injury concerns. Chris Schuler looks set to miss out, while Sebastian Jaime is a doubt. Kyle Beckerman is one booking away from a suspension. Javier Morales could be in line for a start after coming off the bench in the midweek loss to Galaxy. Jamison Olave is suspended after picking up a red card on Wednesday.

Key Points

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: L/D/W/L/L

Real Salt Lake’s last five: D/W/L/W/L

Key Stat: Real Salt Lake have only won one in the last five meetings between the two sides.

Key Player: Pedro Morales – The playmaker has scored twice and created 35 chances for teammates this season.

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Score Prediction

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Real Salt Lake – A tight affair between two sides who need to find consistency.

MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake  

Venue: StubHub Center – Wednesday, May 27th – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 8/13 – Draw 11/4 – Real Salt Lake 9/2

Match Preview

LA Galaxy entertain Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night in a Western Conference clash with the sides locked on 17 points.

Galaxy finally ended their five game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over Houston Dynamo on Friday evening. Alan Gordon stole all three points for Galaxy with a 90th minute winner, which was a huge relief for Bruce Arena.

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Robbie Keane’s return was a huge boost for Galaxy and he will be routing to get the side back into the form we are used to seeing as he works his way back to full fitness.

Real Salt Lake picked up three points this weekend with a 2-0 win over New York City FC, in a game they were expected to win.

Galaxy still haven’t been beaten at home in 25 games now and RSL will do well to end that run. They were thumped 5-0 in the last meeting between the sides at the StubHub Center.

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This is the first of two away games for Salt Lake and Jeff Cassar will know playing both Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps will be very tough games.

Team News

Bruce Arena still has some major injury concerns with his Galaxy side. Brian Perk, Todd Dunivant, Jose Villarreal, Kenney Walker and Robbie Rogers are all doubtful. Robbie Keane’s fitness remains questionable but he played a part in Galaxy’s win on Friday and will be pushing to feature here.

Real Salt Lake have five injury concerns. Chris Schuler, Joao Plata, Javier Morales, Sebastian Jaime and Boyd Okwuonu all doubts for Cassar. Luke Mulholland is one booking away from a suspension.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five: D/D/W/W/W

Real Salt Lake’s last five: W/L/D/D/W

Key Stat: Shutout – Salt Lake haven’t scored against Galaxy in their last four meetings.

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Key Player: Alan Gordon – The forward has come up with some important goals this season and he is making a habit of being in the right place at the right time.

Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 2-1 Real Salt Lake – Galaxy to make it two wins on the bounce in a tight game and remain unbeaten at home.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Real Salt Lake

Venue: Stade Saputo – Saturday, May 16th – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: Montreal 11/8 – Draw 11/5 – Real Salt Lake 2/1

Match Preview

Montreal Impact host Real Salt Lake in the first of Saturday’s fixtures live on Sky Sports in what is a big game for both clubs.

The Impact have only played five games so far this season as their incredible CONCACAF Champions League adventure saw them sit out of domestic action through some of the opening weekends, but they are now fully focused on MLS, and need to start picking up points.

Montreal have not won a game yet this season, and their winless streak in MLS is now at ten, stretching back to last season too. Frank Klopas needs to rally his side to try and reproduce the performances they showed in the Champions League if they are to start climbing the Eastern Conference.

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They come into the game off the back of Wednesday night’s Canadian Championship game against Toronto FC, in which they lost 3-2 on the night but advanced to the final 3-3 on aggregate, thanks to the away goals rule.

And away goals are what they will be hoping to prevent when RSL arrive at Stade Saputo on Saturday. The Western Conference outfit currently sit 7th and need to start climbing the table if they are to make the playoffs.

Real Salt Lake had gone on a run of five games without a win but ended that with victory in Chicago last week, as Jeff Cassar’s return to a 4-4-2 system seems to have paid off.

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RSL have only scored three times in their five away games this season but have picked up more points on their travels and will hope to win back-to-back games for the second time this season.

These two have only met three times previously, with the home side victorious in each of those. Real Salt Lake won last year’s clash 3-1 but the Impact won the only meeting in Montreal 3-2 in 2013.

Team News

Montreal have seven injury concerns at this early stage of the season – more than any other side, as Adrian Lopez, Justin Mapp, Maxime Crepeau and Cameron Porter are all definitely out. While Donny Toia, Hassoun Camara, Victor Cabrera all remain doubtful. Kenny Cooper picked up a knock on Wednesday night and is also unlikely to play. Frank Klopas will hope fatigue doesn’t affect his players and could give Dominic Oduro a start after he scored in their last two games.

Real Salt Lake boss Jeff Cassar still can’t call on Joao Plata or Chris Schuler as they both remain sidelined, while concerns hang over key man Javier Morales and Sebastian Jaime. Morales has not been in training at times this week and could miss out with concussion. Midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Luke Mulholland are one booking away from suspension and need to remain disciplined. Jordan Allen will not be available as he has travelled with the US U20 squad for the upcoming World Cup.

Key Points

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/D/D/L/L

Real Salt Lake’s last five: L/L/D/D/W

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have not won in their last ten MLS games and need to end that run quickly.

Key Player: Alvaro Saborio – The Costa Rican striker ended a 509-minute wait for a RSL player to find the net last weekend with his second of the season. Expect him to be a real threat to the Impact defence.

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Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 0-2 Real Salt Lake – Expecting Nick Rimando to keep his fifth clean sheet of the year in this one as the Impact may struggle after Wednesday night’s trip to Toronto. Injuries have weakened the Canadian side and RSL will look to capitalise as they look to extend their unbeaten run to four.

Real Salt Lake players and staff happy to return to familiar formation

Real Salt Lake are back on track after returning to a more familiar 4-4-2 formation in their last two outings. They had been without a win in four games but ended that run with 2-1 win away at Chicago Fire last weekend.

Head coach Jeff Cassar opted to go back to a 4-4-2 variation for the games against La Galaxy and the Fire and could well line up in a similar fashion for their upcoming tie against Montreal Impact on Saturday.

Cassar is pleased with the impact returning to 4-4-2 has had and thinks it is important RSL make the most of the time spent with the ball.

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“I think possession has been better,” he is quoted as saying by MLSsoccer.com. “You can have all the possession that you want, but you have to have purpose with your possession. I think we’ve had that.”

Cassar’s views were shared by defender, Tony Beltran, but the full-back doesn’t want to get too hung up on his side’s last two results.

“It’s only two games, there’s so many games, so I don’t want to say anything [too drastic]. I think that Wednesday was a better performance, and obviously Saturday we got a good result, but we have to continue to string those performances and results together if we want to be an elite team.”

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Beltran is far happier with ball retention after switching to 4-4-2 and thinks it suits his sides passing game.

“I’ve always said that we have a lot of success when our midfielders are able to combine within 15 to 20 yards.

“That’s when we can really move the ball around teams and get the ball side-to-side, and that’s where we’ve had a lot of our past success. So I think switching into that with a 4-4-2 helps.”

We will see this weekend if Cassar opts for 4-4-2 again or if he plans to switch things up once more. He will be looking for his side to continue to climb the Western Conference and keep the pressure on the sides above with a second consecutive win against a Montreal side yet to seal a victory in MLS this season.

Is 4-4-2 the right option for Jeff Cassar and Real Salt Lake?

MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes 

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Friday, May 1st – 20:00 ET (03:00 BST)

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – San Jose Earthquakes 100/3

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake entertain San Jose Earthquakes on Friday night as both sides look to lift themselves up the table in a very competitive Western Conference.

Real Salt Lake come into the game off the back of two defeats. Last weekend’s 4-0 drubbing away to New England Revolution has further highlighted their sticky patch of form after a 1-0 home defeat to Vancouver the week before ended their unbeaten start to the campaign.

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Jeff Cassar’s side have won just twice this season and need to avoid getting caught up in a lengthy spell before their next win, but this game will be yet another hard outing against a San Jose side that have already won at the Seattle Sounders this season.

The Earthquakes are above Real Salt Lake on goal-difference but they too are struggling to put together a winning streak after a promising start to the season.

Winning three and losing four of their seven games so far isn’t too much of a concern for Dominic Kinnear but he needs to get his defence to tighten up having conceded nine times.

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The Quakes lost 2-0 last week to the New York Red Bulls. They will feel they have a chance to take points from this one, but the standings are incredibly tight with just two points separating 5th and 10th in the Western, showing why it is so hard to split these two.

Team News

Real Salt Lake have seven injury concerns as Joao Plata, Chris Schuler, Sebastian Jaime, Javier Morales, Boyd Okwuonu and Nick Rimando could all miss out. Plata is nearing a return but is still at least three weeks away. While John Stertzer will miss out through suspension, so Cassar has his options limited, but he will be hoping that he can take something from this game ahead of their next tie against LA Galaxy.

San Jose Earthquakes have four out as Mark Sherrod, Steven Lenhart, Shaun Francis and Jordan Stewart will miss the trip. Kinnear needs Chris Wondolowski to lead the line as he did at the start of the season as the forward hasn’t scored in his last three outings and needs to put that run to an end as soon as he can.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s last five: W/W/D/L/L

San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: W/L/L/W/L

Key Stat: Leaky – both sides have conceded more than they have scored this season (9) and so it could go either way in this game.

Key Player: Kyle Beckerman – The midfield powerhouse needs to show his ability to dominate the middle of the park in these sort of games. If he can hit top form, RSL will reap the benefits.

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Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 2-2 San Jose Earthquakes – Nothing to split these two in what will be a hard fought tie. Goals can be expected though as there have been 17 in the last six meetings between the two sides.