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10 keys to Real Salt Lake winning three trophies this season

Published: Friday, July 31 2015 7:55 a.m. MDT

RSL players celebrate a score as Real Salt Lake and the Columbus Crew play Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at Rio Tinto Stadium. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) RSL players celebrate a score as Real Salt Lake and the Columbus Crew play Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at Rio Tinto Stadium. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Despite the recent blip in an overall dominant season, Real Salt Lake remains within reach of three trophies.

Recently bumped out of the No. 1 slot by the Seattle Sounders, RSL isn't out of the race — not even close.

There are several key games, individual performances and tactical adaptations that lie ahead of Kreis' team in the closing weeks of the MLS regular season. The Open Cup, Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup trophies would each bring outstanding recognition to Real Salt Lake, but winning all three would signify an outstanding bout of MLS dominance.

With pride aside, each of the titles would earn the club another appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League. In the 2010-11 season, RSL made a notable run to the final and still remains as the only MLS team to reach a CONCACAF final.

Real Salt Lake's Nat Borchers cheers after Real Salt Lake beat Houston in a soccer game at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.  (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Real Salt Lake's Nat Borchers cheers after Real Salt Lake beat Houston in a soccer game at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

All RSL needs to reach the CONCACAF Champions League is one trophy, but here are 10 things that need to happen for RSL to earn all three.

Whitney O'Bannon is a web sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow on Twitter at @whitney_oban.

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