10 keys to RSL winning three trophies this season

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17 2013 3:52 p.m. MDT

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Although RSL needs to win out ideally, the team absolutely cannot afford to drop either game with bottom-of-the-barrel teams. RSL faces San Jose this coming Saturday and then Chivas USA in its regular season finale. RSL will host both games, which makes losing either one completely unacceptable.

San Jose, despite being the eighth team in the Western Conference, still has a chance of making the playoffs. This game might be tricky because San Jose is playing directly for a life in the playoff picture. In two contests this season, RSL outscored the Earthquakes 5-0. The home team will need to continue blanking San Jose and keep star Chris Wondolowski under wraps.

The closeness of the top teams in the West right now almost guarantees that the Supporters' Shield winner will come down to the very last week of regular season play. When it comes down to it, the Chivas may be the only thing standing between RSL and the No. 1 spot in the final 2013 MLS rankings. In recent games, top teams like Colorado and Portland fell victim to the Chivas charm. RSL cannot afford to get caught looking and watch the Chivas strip glory from Salt Lake.
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