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RSL seeks to regroup in Toronto

Posted on 28 August 2010 by kali

Real Salt Lake’s week has been eventful, to say the least.

After losing to Cruz Azul 5-4 in a rain-soaked, dramatic CONCACAF Champions League match in Mexico City on Wednesday, the team has arrived in Toronto ahead of Saturday’s league match against Toronto FC (7 pm ET/5 pm MT, KUSG).

Although RSL is eager to get back into action after Wednesday’s loss, getting three points in Toronto won’t be easy.  Not only is TFC is 6-1-4 at BMO Field this season, but Real has yet to get a win there in three previous attempts.  However, the Reds have lost two consecutive matches — a 4-1 home loss to New York last weekend and a 1-0 loss at Arabe Unido on Tuesday.

While RSL and Toronto have met once already in 2010 — a 2-1 Real victory in Salt Lake in May — the two sides will meet twice more during the next month, thanks to Champions League Group A play.  With both teams looking to get back on track after midweek losses and gain a mental edge over the other ahead of those two Champions League matches, Saturday’s game looks to be hotly contested.

One of RSL’s biggest challenges will be keeping Toronto from scoring early in the match.  In several of the team’s most recent road games, the opponent has gotten on the score sheet first, forcing Real to come from behind.  In addition, coach Jason Kreis will be hoping to mitigate the psychological impact of Wednesday’s late collapse in Mexico.

“After we went through a good end of the season last year and won the championship, I feel that we’re a mature team that typically doesn’t make mistakes like that,” Kreis said after the Cruz Azul loss.  “I’ll have to talk with some of the players, as I think it came down a little to fatigue at the end of the match.”

The physical effects of the midweek match and travel may prevent Kreis from using the same starting eleven as he did on Wednesday; however, Jamison Olave, who missed that game with a knee sprain, has been upgraded to probable.  With RSL’s only other injured players (Robbie Findley and Chris Schuler) also listed as probable, Kreis ought to have options for his starting lineup.

Meanwhile, Toronto’s Emmanuel Gomez and Amadou Sanyang are out through injury, while Maicon Santos is doubtful with a knee sprain.  In addition, defender Nana Attakora will be unavailable through suspension.

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