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Opportunities abound for RSL's second-string in TFC FIFA break match

A handful of Real Salt Lake players will have opportunities with international duty taking some big names away from the club. Who will take advantage?

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With international absences the canned line as Real Salt Lake takes on Toronto FC, a few players will have a chance to prove that they're worth consideration — and if they've done it before, they have to do it all over again.

While we usually complain about FIFA breaks (and we have done so this time), there are plenty of opportunities that the match holds some value, too.

Up first is Jeff Attinella, who has been a reliable backup and a strong performer. With Rimando having his share of international duty over the last two years, he's had a chance to solidify his position, which he's done brilliantly. No questions here.

Next we have Luke Mulholland, who has found his starting spot from last year taken away by Luis Gil in this new-look 4-3-3. It's maybe less about form and more about getting Gil time, but Mulholland will want to show why he's deserving of that starting spot — and maybe a more natural fit. But maybe it's an opportunity for John Stertzer to show he's back from injury and ready to go — will we see him on the bench?

Up front, we have Devon Sandoval with a natural opportunity up top with Alvaro Saborio absent through Costa Rica duty, and he'll want to show that he's playing at a better clip than he did through 2014. His hold-up play will be the most important thing in the position. Might it also be a chance for Sebastian Jaime to move into more central positions, too? If Sandoval plays a little higher than Saborio might, does that open up space for more inverted runs? Could he form a connection with Sandoval early on?