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RSL at DC United – 10 to go match preview

Real Salt Lake is unlikely to make the playoffs this year, there simply have been too many losses overall and too few wins at home, with 10 matches remaining they would likely need to double their points per match from 1.08 to better than 2 per match to even have a realistic chance and to me that is simply unlikely.

If there is anything close to a silver lining to the remainder of the RSL season it is that their schedule is soft as 6 of our remaining opponents are below the redline and unlikely to make the playoffs as well.  That starts with a trip to face off with the worst team in MLS, at least statistically, DC United. DC is one of just two teams with more losses than RSL, one of the two teams with a worse goal differential than RSL, and one of just two teams with fewer home wins than RSL. If there was a road match made to pick up 3 points in it would be this one, DC has just 3 wins in their 11 home matches, have scored just 8 goals at home while allowing 15.

I have watched about a combined 60 minutes of DC United matches this season and none of it has looked good, for DC fans the only thing that comes close to a positive is that they finally see a light at the end of the RFK tunnel. They are not a very good team but they did sign a few folks in the transfer window but it is unsure if the additions of Paul Arriola, Bruno Miranda, Russell Canouse or Zoltan Stieber will be ready for action on Saturday but they clearly were the most active team looking to salvage some self respect this season and start building the squad that will open that new stadium next year.

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The 2016 MLS season is here, what to expect

Today is the day, the 21st season of MLS action gets under way, in many ways 2016 is the calm after one storm and before an even bigger one, 2015 saw two new team jump into the fray of MLS (NYCFC and Orlando City SC) both came with some big names, Kaka, Frank Lampard (well eventually), David Villa, Mix Diskerud (is he still a big name?) and both struggled on the pitch to compete as neither made the playoffs in a rather weak Eastern Conference. It was also the start of the new TV deal for MLS, a new CBA, and lots and lots of new sponsorships for the league.  So with no new teams this year and a year where there simply haven’t been any of those huge signings like last year, don’t forget we also saw Steve Gerrard, Jermaine Jones, Giovani dos Santos and Sebastian Giovinco join the league, but maybe those come this summer?

There are new stars but smaller names, like Ashley Cole, Lucas Ontivero, Yura Movsisyan, Carlos Gruezo and Shkelzen Gashi, we also the return of a player I really like is Simon Dawkins now a DP with San Jose and there are a lot of open DP spots around the league.  We saw some big name players change places, Dan Kennedy, Jeff Larentowicz, and Mike Magee to LA Galaxy, Marco Pappa and Jermaine Jones to Colorado, Marcelo Sarvas to DC United, Maximiliano Urruti and Mauro Rosales to FC Dallas, Christian Miadana to Houston, Harry Shipp to Montreal, Brad Davis and Justin Mapp to Sporting KC, Will Johnson and Clint Irwin to Toronto FC and Blaz Perez to Vancouver.

All of this before we see 2 new teams likely join the league in 2017 and then 2 more in 2018, so even without those huge name signings it is a big year for the league as those new sponsors will want to see some ROI and the league needs to find a way to get the TV numbers moving up in a hurry.

So as a fan what should you expect?  Will it be another year with the big clubs missing out on MLS Cup (come on none of you picked Portland vs Columbus last year, don’t lie about it)? Well it is a crap shoot to try to pick who will win what at this point of the season, MLS has too many variables to be very accurate but I do have some thoughts

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US Open Cup final tickets go on sale Tomorrow (8-15-13)

This one doesn’t need much more than me just posting the press release, you know how big the US Open Cup is, you know that you want to be there to be able to see our team play on our pitch for a trophy, this has only happened once before when we played for the CONCACAF Champions League trophy.  Winning this match will mean a trophy and a chance to once again to compete for that CCL trophy as well.

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY FOR
OCT. 1 REAL SALT LAKE–DC UNITED LAMAR HUNT US OPEN CUP FINAL
AT RIO TINTO STADIUM

RSL Season Ticket Holders Have Exclusive Window to Purchase Seats & Unlimited Extras until August 31; General Public On-Sale Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. MT

SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, August 14, 2013) – EXCLUSIVELY for Real Salt Lake season ticket holders, tickets for the Tuesday, October 1 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Match against D.C. United go on sale at 10:00 a.m. MT TOMORROWThursday, August 15 at the Rio Tinto Stadium box offices (open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.Mon-Fri), at www.RealSaltLake.com or over the phone at 801-727-2700.

While the D.C. United #USOC100 match is NOT included in the Real Salt Lake 2013 season ticket package, RSL “PRIDE” Season Ticket Holders will have an exclusive 2-week window to secure their seat location, and can also purchase unlimited additional seats to the match at preferred pricing.  Visit www.RealSaltLake.com/Tickets for more details regarding the pricing for tickets to the match, which range from $17-$80 each, depending on location. Any remaining seats following the exclusive window for RSL STH will be released to the general public on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

By virtue of last weeks 2-1 victory over the MLS Portland Timbers – before a semifinal stage record crowd of 14,742 – Real Salt Lake will now host the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final at Rio Tinto Stadium at 7:30 p.m. MT on Tuesday, Oct. 1 against D.C. United.  One win away from a return to CONCACAF Champions League via the Open Cup, Jason Kreis‘ team is the first Utah side to advance to the tourney’s Final in USOC history. Prior to its current four-game Open Cup run, Real Salt Lake had never previously won more than one game in any single #USOC100 tourney, and had won just two games all-time in the tournament proper (excluding MLS play-in games).

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Real Salt Lake bolsters their defense adding Brandon McDonald

With long term injuries to Rich Balchan, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, and still waiting for the return of Chris Schuler, RSL needed to add some depth at centerback as we enter the dog days of summer and very important stretch of the season.  While it may seem a bit strange that RSL would go to the team at the very bottom of the MLS table, it would be hard to lay any of the blame for DC United’s struggles on Brandon McDonald.

Brandon is a 27 year old 6’1″ center back for whom RSL will be his 4th MLS club in 6 seasons, he started with the LA Galaxy, then spend 2 and a half seasons with San Jose before joining DC United.  Last year with all the success that DC had, it is important to note that McDonald played in 33 of 34 regular season matches and had almost 4,000 minutes over the course of the season.  He has seen limited action this year, due to injuries and to be honest the continuing struggles this year of DC.  A couple of bad matches for a player on a bad team and your confidence can be shot (we have seen this before) but perhaps a new start is just what the doctor would have ordered in this case.

He did go the full 90 minutes against RSL in week 2 of the season, that match was one of two wins so far this season for DC United.  RSL knows him well as he has 6 starts and played in 8 matches against RSL since joining MLS. He is big, physical and not afraid of contact, I think in combination with our current guys he could be a great fit and should also provide RSL with another target player on set pieces.   It will be exciting to see how he approaches this phase of his career,  one downside is that McDonald is cup tied to DC United, so he won’t be able to play for RSL in the US Open Cup.

That’s How I See It.