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RSL appealing Salcedo red card with hopes for Saturday start

Real Salt Lake will be appealing the sending off of Carlos Salcedo, club communications confirmed tonight. Salcedo was shown a second yellow card in the 90th minute of play — though for exactly what is difficult to say.

What seems most likely is that the referee saw a handball or a foul, although replays clearly indicate that neither was the case, and the closest player to committing a handball on the play was Tony Beltran. It would also seem that Beltran didn't commit a handball.

RSL coach Jason Kreis said he was hopeful of a successful appeal.

"I think we are all confused because it appears that it was the wrong person that he yellow carded," he told reporters after the match. "I'm hopeful that the referees sort it out now, before we even leave the building. But, if they don't, I hope the league sorts it out before Saturday because I think Carlos [Salcedo] is in with a shout to start again."

Given that it was Salcedo's first RSL start, that he's tipped for another start and that an appeal was lodged so immediately speaks well to his debut performance.

Salcedo had a physical match and was shown his first yellow for a high boot, but Kreis was pleased with the physicality displayed.

"I think there are more players in our back four that need to be as physical as [Salcedo] was tonight," Kreis said. "We need more statements made from our players. We need more physicality from our center backs and our outside backs because I feel there's too many times tonight that they had opportunities to get into a 50/50 and make a hard challenge and they didn't take them."