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RSL kicks off busy August schedule at KC

Posted on 06 August 2010 by kali

Real Salt Lake will debut a new “Victory Gold” kit on Saturday night.  While that moniker may sound brash, Jason Kreis has hinted that he may take a more conservative approach when his team visits the Kansas City Wizards that night.

Though the RSL head coach experimented with a 4-5-1 formation several weeks ago in a tough loss at Dallas and later lamented that choice, Kreis admitted last week, “I don’t think we’ve been playing our best soccer of late.”

He went on to add, “A lot of times you find in this game that you get the result and all of the sudden the confidence is back, and you are on a roll again.”

That’s what he’ll be hoping for after last week’s win over DC United, a match in which the 3-0 scoreline somewhat betrayed the play on the pitch at Rio Tinto Stadium.  However, Kreis will have some tough decisions to make as Real embarks on a crowded August schedule, particularly against a Kansas City team that is on the upswing.

While the Wizards had a rough patch earlier in the season, including a 4-1 loss at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 29, coach Peter Vermes has made several lineup changes that have led to better results. Kansas City defeated Toronto FC 1-0 last weekend, extending the team’s unbeaten streak to three matches.

Teal Bunbury has been integral to the Wizards’ recent success, scoring in two of those three matches. Vermes said of the young striker, “It’s been a process with Teal for us this year. Since the first day of preseason, we’ve spent time trying to bring him along as opposed to putting everything on him early and then you start taking things away from him. We’ve been able to add as the games have gone on, and when we made the decision to put him in, we felt it was a good time for him to get his feet wet and really get after it.”

Kansas City will be without the injured Zoltan Hercegfalvi and Birahim Diop, while Ryan Smith and Josh Wolff are questionable and Jimmy Conrad probable.

RSL’s Javier Morales, who sustained an ankle injury last week, is probable, as is Kyle Beckerman.  However, Robbie Findley was called up to the U.S. national team for Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil, which could affect his playing time, particularly as Real has matches coming up on Wednesday and again next Saturday.

The match will kick off at 7:30 CT (6:30 MT) and can be seen in Utah on KUSG 2.2/Comcast 111.

RSL also learned its CONCACAF Champions League schedule this week:

Wednesday, August 18: RSL v. Arabe Unido (PAN) – 8:00 p.m. MT
Wednesday, August 25: RSL at Cruz Azul (MEX) – 6:00 p.m. MT
Wednesday, Sept. 15: RSL v. Toronto FC (CAN) – 8:00 p.m. MT
Wednesday, Sept. 22: RSL at Arabe Unido (PAN) – 6:00 p.m. MT
Tuesday, Sept. 28: RSL at Toronto FC (CAN) – 6:00 p.m. MT
Tuesday, October 19: RSL v. Cruz Azul (MEX) – 8:00 p.m. MT

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