Troy Wayrynen, AP
Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata (10) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first half against the Portland Timbers during an MLS soccer game at Providence Park in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Troy Wayrynen)

Real Salt Lake is off to a great start offensively with eight goals through its first four games. Last year the team didn’t score its eighth goal until the 10th game of the season on May 9 in Chicago.

RSL coach Jeff Cassar said it’s great to have players such as Joao Plata, who has scored or assisted on six of the eight goals, back, and having more scoring options this season.

“We have a lot of attackers on the field that can score and have scored in the past, so you really can’t zero in on one person because somebody else will make you pay,” he said. “Our substitutions are making an impact on the game, it’s really nice when you have everyone knowing their role and doing their role really well.”

RSL NOTES: Real takes on rival Colorado Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium. The following week, Real plays Vancouver at home in an 8 p.m. contest . . . After that, things get real tough for Real with what Cassar calls a “daunting task” with six of the next seven games on the road through the first week of June . . . Despite its strong start, RSL is in third place in the Western Conference with eight points, behind FC Dallas with 10 and Sporting KC City with nine . . . Cassar said his team is getting healthier and expects to have players such as Javier Morales, Olmes Garcia and Juan Manuel Martinez back in action soon.