These three games are massive for us. If we could put up the right points in these three games, we could be in a very good spot. —RSL defender Chris Wingert
SANDY — Real Salt Lake is confident it can escape with another win on the road against Montreal and keep its playoff hopes alive.
Momentum is on Real Salt Lake's side since it's been over a month since their last loss against Orlando City SC on June 30 — a stretch of six games unbeaten. RSL's once leaky defense has found its legs, shutting out both Houston and DC United.
Defender Tony Beltran understands firsthand on being on the different ends of the streak and is relieved that the RSL is finally on the winning end of the streak.
"I think a number of different things. I think we are playing a bit better than we had," said Beltran. "It is certainly helping that we have a lot more healthy bodies. We have a chance to play a number of different guys that are available and ready to go."
Sitting in the eighth spot in the Western Conference, RSL is looking to make a big push with nine more games left this season. They will face another tough match on the road against Montreal Impact. Even at 8-8-6, Montreal is 6-3-1 on its home turf. RSL knows what it's up against in this weekend's matchup but players are confident they can keep the momentum going.
"Montreal is a really dangerous especially in the counter attacks, so we have to be cognizant of that this weekend and keep the good habits going," said defender Chris Wingert.
With RSL on a hot streak, the team believes that the next few games can give it a final push into the playoffs. Two of the teams RSL is going to face are also fighting for the sixth playoff spot. After Montreal, RSL faces the San Jose Earthquakes, a team that holds the sixth seed in the Western Conference. They then face the Colorado Rapids, a team that's in the bottom of the conference, and then Vancouver Whitecaps FC, a team that holds the seventh seed in the conference.
"These three games are massive for us," said Wingert. "If we could put up the right points in these three games, we could be in a very good spot."
Midfielder Kyle Beckerman, who played a key role in their defensive win against D.C. United last weekend, said he is excited to see the team improving, and he's confident that they can continue to stay competitive.
"We just got to continue it," said Beckerman. "It's been a lot of hard work that we've been putting in and it's starting to get rewarding in some of that hard work. We just need to continue in not getting other teams any chances and keep marching with that momentum."
The matchup between RSL and Montreal is Saturday at 5:30 p.m.