It may be tough to choose starters with so many players playing well, but
putting Sabo in the starting 11 against Saprissa is the easiest decision to be
made. How pumped will this guy be to be playing in front of friends and family
against his old club? He is going to score that night.As for Paulo,
I think you have to start Espy and sub in Paulo early than normal depending on
run of play. May around minute 60 to 70 depending on the quality Espy is showing
at that time.
My prediction for this match is that RSL will score a first half goal by former
Saprissa star Alvaro Saborio. RSL will concede a goal in the second half but
hold on for the 1-1 draw and the 3-1 aggregate win.RSL won't have
much time to celebrate the victory though. They will have a match 4 days later
at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA against the New England Revolution.
Morales definitely plays a big part in this game, his presence on the field
draws a lot of defenders which sets up Williams to work his magic. The second
leg of the final will be at Rio Tinto if we can get by these guys. Go RSL!
RSL has definitely got Saprissa's attention now, and I think it's going to be a
battle on their home turf. RSL will need to possess the ball well and attack.
Attempting to pack it in defensively and allow Saprissa to come at them all day
long will yield disastrous results. I don't imagine that Olave will go on the
artificial surface, so it will be a serious test for the youngin Schuler. I
think he's up for it, but the real keys to this game will be Morales and
Beckerman. One setting up the attack and the other disrupting the opponent's
attack. Can't wait! This is shaping up to be an unbelievable
season already. It must really stick in the craw of the RSL haters in Utah to
see them having so much success lately (and reportedly approaching profitability
already). The Beautiful Game wins again!
It will be good to have a little extra time to prepare for Saprissa and get some
of the players healthy.