Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Real Salt Lake hits the road again on
Saturday when the club travels to BC Place to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC
in a game between teams in need of a win.
RSL will be playing its fifth road game in seven matches to start the season
on Saturday, and with just one win from its last five games, the Claret and
Cobalt would love three points to take back home.
Salt Lake will play its next three games at Rio Tinto Stadium in the coming
weeks, and head coach Jason Kreis knew from the start of the season that this
early stretch would not be easy.
"I think we identified before the season started this was going to be a very,
very difficult beginning of the season, the most difficult that I can
remember," Kreis said. "I don't know that we've ever gone through our first
seven games with five away. It's been difficult, no doubt about it. I still
think there's more, though. I don't want to make that as any type of excuse.
I think there were points that we left on the table through the first six
games, but it is what it is. I think we just have to be focused on being
better in our next one."
Injury problems haven't helped the cause for RSL, and the club will be without
midfielders Sebastian Velasquez and Cole Grossman, while a host of other
players are question marks with injury issues of their own, including Robbie
Findley, Alvaro Saborio, Joao Plata, Javier Morales, David Viana, Khari
Stephenson, Chris Wingert, Rich Balchan and Carlos Salcedo.
But despite the injuries and lack of home matches so far this season, RSL
goalkeeper Nick Rimando has remained positive.
"I think we are doing enough, but it could be better and the results could be
better," Rimando said. "On the road, you try to get as many results as you
can, but it is a tough start for us to be on the road so many games. But we
are dealing with it and I think we are doing OK."
Vancouver would love to heap more misery on Salt Lake, and in the process,
snap a three-match winless run.
After claiming wins in their first two games, the 'Caps took just one point
from a three-match road trip and will be happy to be returning home to the
confines of BC Place.
Vancouver has beaten RSL in both meetings between the teams at BC Place, but
the home side will not only be without captain Jay DeMerit, who is recovering
from a long-term injury, but also could miss forward Kenny Miller, who sat out
last week's 1-1 draw with San Jose.
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