Pre-Match Notes: RSL v. Vancouver

George Frey

Real Salt Lake takes on Vancouver Whitecaps in the final regular season game of 2012. RSL will be looking to push their points total to 59, increasing their MLS Cup final hosting chances and exacting a bit of revenge on the Whitecaps.

Real Salt Lake v. Vancouver Whitecaps, 7 p.m. MDT (Live, CW30)

Pre-Match Reading

Projected Line-up

Rimando; Beltran, Borchers, Watson-Siriboe, Wingert; Beckerman, Gil, Johnson, Morales; Saborio, Espindola

Injuries and absences

Chris Schuler is certainly out, while Ned Grabavoy, Jamison Olave and Kwame Watson-Siriboe are all in question for the match. There are no suspensions owing to card accumulation.

Suspension worries

As yellow card accumulation clears after the regular season's end, there are no pressing worries for RSL.

Vital stats

  • Alvaro Saborio has already smashed through his regular season goalscoring record and the single-season scoring record for Real Salt Lake, but one more goal would put him in second place in goalscoring this season. He's currently 1t 17 — one behind Kenny Cooper, who notched his 18th today.
  • Fabian Espindola will be looking to enter double-digits in scoring to match his 10-goal haul from 2011. He also sits in second place in assists this season.
  • Javier Morales, with nine assists, has equalled his 2010 assists count, but remains some way off beating his 2008 15-assist season.
  • Should RSL keep Vancouver from scoring, Nick Rimando would earn his 100th career regular season shutout.
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