Real Salt Lake notebook: Claret-and-Cobalt banged up at forward

Published: Wednesday, April 3 2013 8:49 p.m. MDT

SANDY — Following this past offseason, Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis made it clear that his club could have meaningful competition at every spot on the roster.

A fair assessment, seeing that most MLS clubs finding themselves short-handed due to injuries, international duty, etc.

With Robbie Findley (adductor) set to miss Saturday's matchup at Colorado, and Joao Plata (hamstring) listed as questionable, it is possible Kreis could tab Devon Sandoval or Olmes Garcia for a starting spot at the top of the formation with Alvaro Saborio.

"I just don't know," said Kreis referring to the Findley injury. "I think we could say for sure he is out this weekend."

As for Plata, the 21-year-old hasn't trained with the club since sustaining the slight injury late in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Seattle.

"I think it was mostly just a fatigue issue, with his hamstring," said Kreis, who noted that Plata played through the injury due to the substitutions being used up. "We didn't have a sub to bring him out, so we asked him to make a sacrifice for the group and he did that."

WINGIN' IT: Three days removed from a reserve match, and two days removed from logging 45 minutes in the exhibition win over BYU, Chris Wingert is still feeling a bit sore.

"The foot's OK. The actual bone isn't feeling too bad. Pretty sore all around the ankle, and the rest of my legs," said Wingert, who went through a full training session Wednesday afternoon. "I've had three pretty significant days now, and my body just isn't used to it. But it's to be expected, and I'm pretty excited to be full in training and to get some minutes in the BYU game."

Unfortunately for RSL fans, Wingert wont be suiting up for Saturday's away match, but he will be traveling with the team.

"I'm just excited to be traveling again with the team. In that respect, I'm pretty pumped to get back with the guys and looking forward to the game," said Wingert. "I won't be playing on Saturday, but I'm looking forward to get some more minutes on Sunday as well so it should be a good trip. "

SOLD OUT: On June 18th, the U.S. Men's National Team will host Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium for a World Cup qualifier, as both clubs are fighting to punch their countries ticket to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. According to a press release issued by Real Salt Lake, the game is sold out, with 20,000-plus expected to be in attendance.

"We are really excited that Rio Tinto Stadium is sold out for the qualifier against Honduras," said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "Our main priority in selecting the venues for these important games was to make sure we had great crowd support, and having the game sell out so quickly proves that the fans in Salt Lake are going to be there for us."

CLUB DREAD(S): Just about a week removed from international duty, RSL captain Kyle Beckerman offered his insight on the 10-day adventure with the U.S Men's National Team, including the snowstorm victory in Denver, the draw in Azteca and the report of communication issues inside the locker room surrounding the USMNT manager.

"It was a difficult circumstance with the snow, so to get a win there was pretty big. It could have easily been a tie," said Beckerman. "Then to go to a place where we don't have a lot of successful history and to get a point there capped off a really good 10 days.

"Nothing really changed out there for us. We actually rallied together, and if anything it helped us," said Beckerman, referring to the Sporting News article painting a negative image of the USMNT.

cjohnson@desnews.com

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