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Match Thread: FC Dallas v. Real Salt Lake

Cole Grossman, Josh Saunders, and Joao Plata gets their first starts for Real Salt Lake, while several players could make their club debuts from the bench as RSL deals with injuries, illness and international absences.

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Pre-match reading

RSL Soapbox: Three questions with Big D Soccer, SBNation's FC Dallas blog

RSL Soapbox: When last they met

RSL Soapbox: Stephenson proves capable player in RSL's diamond


RSL lineup: Josh Saunders; Lovel Palmer, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler; Yordany Alvarez, Ned Grabavoy, Cole Grossman, Luis Gil; Joao Plata, Robbie Findley

Subs: Jeff Attinella, Enzo Martinez, Aaron Maund, Olmes Garcia, Khari Stephenson, John Stertzer, Devon Sandoval

FC Dallas lineup: Seitz, Benitez, John, Hedges, Loyd, Michel, Jackson, Jacobson, Ferreira, Castillo, Cooper.

Stats and notes

Cole Grossman gets his first Real Salt Lake start, but it's also the first time he's even made the 18. Of course, he's only been here for a handful of matches, having arrived in the offseason. Interestingly, he's not tweeted about it on any of the fake accounts that claim to be him.

Josh Saunders also gets his first start, although he's been on the bench behind Nick Rimando and is very likely to remain there.

Enzo Martinez, Aaron Maund, Olmes Garcia, and Jeff Attinella all make the bench for the first time this year; Martinez could be in line for his first-ever appearance for the club after not playing at all in 2012. He could come on as a right back or as a central midfielder.