After handling Galaxy, Real Salt Lake can turn attention to Champions League


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  • tMoS North Liberty, IA
    March 29, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    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.

  • matt4226 Holladay, UT
    March 28, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    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.

  • axle Riverton, UT
    March 28, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    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!

  • GuitarGuy Layton, UT
    March 28, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    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!

  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    It will be good to have a little extra time to prepare for Saprissa and get some of the players healthy.