Real Salt Lake should be almost at full strength tonight against Seattle Sounders, and though they'll be trekking forward without Alvaro Saborio, the options Jason Kreis has on hand should be sufficient.
This Seattle side we're facing is a bit different in makeup than the one we faced in a June 22 victory on our home soil. It was Javier Morales who ran the show for RSL that night alongside Kyle Beckerman, and it was Beckerman that scored the opening goal just before the first half's end.
It was Robbie Findley that scored the second, capitalizing on some uncertain defending on a counterattack and a bit of luck when Alvaro Saborio hit Findley with a shot from outside the box. It was a fine goal, and one, I think, that illustrates one weakness most sides have against us.
The presence of genuine goalscorers in all areas — save from the back line, perhaps — will prove a dangerous element. Luis Gil, Ned Grabavoy and Javier Morales have each scored at least five goals; Kyle Beckerman has four himself. Joao Plata, Olmes Garcia, and Robbie Findley have had their share of goals, too. Even without Alvaro Saborio, RSL remains dangerous.
This makes Seattle's job all the more difficult, as the potency of the group necessitates they watch every player intently. Morales, Grabavoy, Gil, Beckerman, and Plata are all quite probable to start, with Findley, Garcia and Sandoval vying for the striker spot alongside Plata.
RSL's top 10 goalscorers (and assisters)