MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs New York City FC

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

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake welcome former manager Jason Kreis back to Rio Tinto stadium this weekend with his New York City FC side.

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 – L3

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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.

Team News

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.

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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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.

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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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps

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

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Saturday, April 18th – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST)

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Vancouver Whitecaps 5/2

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake welcome high flying Vancouver Whitecaps to Rio Tinto Stadium this Saturday evening in what is one of the standout fixtures of the weekend.

RSL are still unbeaten so far this campaign, winning two and drawing three, but they will have to be at their best to keep that run going against the Whitecaps this weekend.

Vancouver’s start to the season has been brilliant but they have already lost twice, including in their outing, and that will encourage Jeff Cassar and his side.

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The ‘Caps lost at San Jose last weekend while Salt Lake drew at Sporting Kansas City, so both sides will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday night.

Real Salt Lake will be hoping key man Javier Morales can influence a win this weekend, as he has scored two so far this campaign and been the standout player in the squad after six weeks.

RSL are certainly missing striker Joao Plata in his absence through injury as they have registered just one goal from their forwards, but are coping well and the team will only get stronger when he returns.

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Alvaro Saborio needs to start getting amongst the goals on a more regular basis but things are certainly looking promising for the team.

The Whitecaps will be looking to provide Octavio Rivero with as many chances as possible. The Uruguayan forward has five goals in seven games and is largely to thank for their position at the top of the Western Conference.

Team News

Real Salt Lake have five injury concerns. Joao Plata will continue to be unavailable for some time, while Sebastian Jaime, Demar Phillips, Justen Glad and Pecka could all be set to sit this one out.

Vancouver Whitecaps also have five concerns as Andre Lewis, Marco Bustos, Mauro Rosales, Gershon Koffie and Diego Rodriguez are all struggling with injuries. They will also be without playmaker Pedro Morales who is suspended.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s form: D/D/W/W/D

Vancouver Whitecaps form: W/W/W/D/L

Key Stat: Unbeaten – RSL are one of only two unbeaten sides in MLS this season but this will be their toughest challenge yet.

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Key Player: Octavio Rivero – Rivero has arguably been the league’s most impressive player so far this season, and it will be interesting to see how RSL set up to stop him.

Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Real Salt Lake to keep their unbeaten run going in a tough fixture. With both sides coming into the game without a win last weekend it is difficult to separate the two, though Vancouver need to make sure they can cope without Pedro Morales to get anything from the game.

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

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

Venue: Avaya Stadium – Sunday, April 5th – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: San Jose Earthquakes 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – Real Salt Lake 7/4

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes entertain Real Salt Lake this weekend as they look to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat in front of their own fans at the Avaya Stadium in just the second game at their new ground.

The Quakes have started the season relatively well, winning two of their first four, but last weekend’s defeat to the New England Revolution ended their run of back-to-back victories. Dominic Kinnear will be keen to get his side back to winning ways against an improving Real Salt Lake side on Sunday.

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RSL recorded their first win of the season last weekend, snatching a late victory against Toronto which gives them a platform to build on heading into this one, and they will want to remain unbeaten come the end of play.

San Jose are averaging two goals per game so far this campaign and if they can maintain that scoring ratio they stand a good chance of winning a high percentage of their games.

Real Salt Lake won the last meeting between the sides 2-0 back in October after two draws in last year’s other two meetings and the Quakes haven’t won at home against their Western Conference rivals since 2012.

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So far this season RSL have had to rely on their midfield for goals with Alvaro Saborio’s penalty the only goal from a forward. This isn’t helped by the injury sustained by Joao Plata and with this in mind the Quakes will need to be wary of being hit by Real Salt Lake’s middle men, especially Javier Morales.

The Quakes faithful will be hoping the in-form Chris Wondolowski will continue his rich goalscoring run, having notched three in four, and will be looking to make home advantage count once again as they won their first MLS game at Avaya Stadium 2-1 against the Chicago Fire two weeks ago.

This should be a tight affair and San Jose will not want to waste the opportunity of making their home advantage count against a Real Salt Lake side that are tough to break down.

Team News

San Jose Earthquakes could be without five key players. Mark Sherrod and Steven Lenhart (both knee) will remain out while Jordan Stewart (calf), Paulo Renato and Marvell Wynne (both hamstring) could all miss the game through injury. San Jose will be looking to supply Wondolowski at every opportunity to ensure he has as many chances as possible.

Real Salt Lake will be without Joao Plata (foot), Sebastian Jaime and possibly Demar Phillips (hamstring). They will be looking to continue driving at the opposition from the midfield and have Javier Morales pulling the strings. Alvaro Saborio is likely to return to the side as the lone striker.

Key Points

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L/W/W/L

Real Salt Lake’s form: D/D/W

Key Stat: Real Salt Lake have netted just one out of their six goals from their frontline so far this season.

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Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – The Quakes forward is the joint top scorer this season and will want to continue his form to boost his chances of finishing at the top of the scoring charts come the end of the season.

Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Real Salt Lake – San Jose have some key players missing but know this is a good chance to notch their third win of the season against a Real Salt Lake side that have yet to reach top gear.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Saturday, March 14 – 21:30 ET (01:30 GMT – Sunday 15) 

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 17/20 – Draw 5/2 – Philadelphia Union 3/1

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake entertain Philadelphia Union in their first home game of the 2015 MLS season on Saturday night with both sides still looking for their first goal of the new campaign.

Both had to settle for 0-0 draws on the opening weekend in two of the less entertaining games in a round of fixtures where many games could be described as tentative.

Real Salt Lake’s goalless draw came away at the Portland Timbers, while Philadelphia Union’s 0-0 home draw was against the Colorado Rapids in a game they would have expected to win, especially as the Rapids went down to ten men.

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RSL and Philadelphia have drawn in each of their last three meetings, with the past two games ending 2-2, including last season’s meeting, so although there have been goals neither side has been able to kill the game off.

The Union have never beaten Real Salt Lake in MLS in their seven previous meetings and are underdogs going into this one.

Although we’re only one game into the new season, every club knows every result is going to count in their push for the playoffs and this is a game Real Salt Lake will expect to win, but they will know the Union can still be a threat and that sets the game up nicely.

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Alvaro Saborio and Liam Ridgewell battle in Portland Timbers’ 0-0 draw with Real Salt Lake (Photo: MLSSoccer.com)

Real Salt Lake are unbeaten at Rio Tinto Stadium in their last 11 MLS games, and despite going out in the playoffs 5-0 to LA Galaxy, they drew the home leg of that tie 0-0.

Philadelphia Union have only won one of their last seven away fixtures and based on that form, RSL look to be in a much better position heading into this game.

Team News

Real Salt Lake look like they are set to be without the same five players who missed out in the opening draw to Portland. Joao Plata (metatarsal), John Stertzer (toe), Justen Glad (knee), Demar Phillips (hamstring) and Pecka (hip) are all expected to miss the game.

Philadelphia Union will still be without Andre Blake (knee) and midfielder Danny Cruz (hamstring), who both sat out of last Saturday’s draw with Colorado.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s form: D

Philadelphia Union’s form: D

Key Stat: Draws – There has been only one win (Real Salt Lake 2-1 Philadelphia – September 2011) between these two sides in their last six MLS meetings.

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Key Player: Javier Morales – The playmaker will be the key to unlocking the Philadelphia defence and his performance will be even more important to Real Salt Lake as they are missing some big names.

Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 2-1 Philadelphia Union – RSL need to get three points and that important first win out the way to ensure they don’t slip into a winless run. Given the recent results between the sides we can expect this to be another tightly fought tie but home advantage should help Real Salt Lake to victory.