Ahead of playoffs, RSL looks to round off regular season with continuation of form

George Frey

Real Salt Lake will be looking for a continuation of the form they've shown in the late run-in as they round out the regular season against Vancouver Whitecaps.

Real Salt Lake will be looking for a continuation of the form they've shown in the late run-in as they round out the regular season against Vancouver Whitecaps.

RSL coach Jason Kreis is encouraged by the form his side has shown but would like his side to be more clinical in scoring goals.

"I think we've just got to be a little bit cleaner in and around the goal," he said. "We're playing very well at the moment."
Form heading into the playoffs is an important factor, and his side has shown well lately, Kreis said.

"For me, it's seven or eight games in a row that we've performed extremely well," he said. "We haven't got all of the results in those games, but we've been pretty close. We haven't lost in a long time, and we've got to continue that mentality going forward into the playoffs."

Indeed, for Kreis, few factors rate above form, and despite the CONCACAF Champions League knockout, he's been pleased with what's been shown.

"This time of year, it's all about confidence and mental state," he said. "I think that our guys obviously had a little bit of a setback Tuesday night without advancing in the tournament we so desperately wanted to advance in. But we still played fantastically well, and I'm hopeful that we take all the positives out of that and move forward."

With playoffs around the corner, Kreis is confident his squad can move past the Champions League disappointment.

"I think that the guys are professional athletes, and they've been together long enough and have played the game long enough to know that there's no time to feel sorry for ourselves," Kreis said. "It's time to move forward, and I think it's a truly rare thing in life to have such a grave disappointment on one night, then a week and a half later, be playing for such an awesome opportunity. We're getting a second chance at life right now - that's how I'm looking at it. We should all be extremely excited about that."

Jason Kreis will be faced with at least one big decision at center back. With Jamison Olave a doubt and Chris Schuler ruled out, Kwame Watson-Siriboe may be thrust back into the action after a short spell on the sidelines.

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