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Real Salt Lake will look to try something new against Sporting KC

Who starts at Sporting Park for Real Salt Lake? We've got our ideas, and here to share them with you is contributing writer Weston Jenson.

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Real Salt Lake continue their road trip in Kansas City to take on the number fourth ranked team.  With more and more players returning from injury, RSL will look forward to fielding the final vision of Jeff Cassar.  In addition, after such a strong performance against San Jose, expect Gil to return to the starting lineup but in a slightly different role than fans have become accustomed to.


The 4-3-3, of course, and 88.7% of fans agree with us.  Cassar will stay true to the 4-3-3 with the return of Joao Plata becoming ever so nearer and players are finally looking better on- and off-the ball.

Predicted Line-Up:

RSL Soapbox Predicted Lineup:

Rimando; Beltran, Olave, Schuler, Phillips; Morales, Beckerman, Mulholland; Gil, Saborio, Garcia.

Season Correct Percentage - 41/44 = 93.2%

Fan Predicted Lineup:

Rimando; Beltran, Olave, Schuler, Mansally; Morales, Beckerman, Mulholland; Gil, Sandoval, Garcia.

Season Correct Percentage - 41/44 = 93.2%

Goalkeeper - Nick Rimando

The Wall of the Wasatch is performing admirably this season.  The veteran has already claimed his second shutout and will look towards his third.  Watch and see if he can do it against a goal starved SKC.

Right Back - Tony Beltran

After getting honored in the MLS Team of the Week, Beltran will remain a veteran presence on the back line and look to stifle Graham Zusi's replacement.

Center Back Pairing- Jamison Olave and Chris Schuler

Achieving their second shutout of the season, this central back pairing will look to shut down Dom Dwyer.  Olave and Schuler's partnership grows stronger every day and with it so does RSL's defense.

Left Back - Demar Phillips

While the fans predict that Abdoulie Mansally (52%) will start, Demar Phillips looks ready to resume his starting role with the club.  Further evidence of his starting role was made with Jeff Cassar claiming that Phillips was 90 percent last week.  Look to Phillips to solidify the back line as well as aggressively getting into the offensive third.

Holding Midfielder - Kyle Beckerman

Holding the best shot accuracy and best tackling percentage in the club, the Claret-and-Cobalt's skipper has shown his class.  Beckerman will continue his starting role which will serve as the prelude to a successful 4-3-3 experiment.

Box-to-Box Midfielder - Luke Mulholland

After a strong defensive showing for the Claret-and-Cobalt in midfield, Mulholland will again get the opportunity to start in the midfield as Gil moves out wide.

Attacking Midfielder - Javier Morales

The most dangerous player on the pitch for RSL will continue his reign of terror.  Watch Morales tear apart SKC's midfield and defense to create some amazing chances.

Right Winger - Luis Gil

Ok so Gil did not get the start for the Royals last week, but, after showing his strength again on the wing, the coaching staff should finally give him the chance to start out wide.

Center Forward - Alvaro Saborio

Similar to Dwyer's struggles, RSL's center forward has also struggled to find the back of the net.  Getting the start against Sporting Kansas City, Saborio will look to get his first goal from the run of play.

Left Winger - Olmes Garcia

Taking heat from the fans and applause from the coaches around the league, Garcia remains the most controversial player on RSL's squad.  Still, his chance creation has been second to only Morales and he has shown his ability to play in the 4-3-3.

Predicted Bench and Substitutions:

Season Correct Percentage - 9/12 = 75%

* Jordan Allen

Jeff Attinella

* Devon Sandoval

Abdoulie Mansally

* Sebastian Saucedo

Elías Vásquez

* designates predicted substitutes barring injuries or going down a man.

We'd like to know what you think.  Do you think we got the starting lineup right?  Did we overlook players who you think deserve a start?  Did we miss players on the bench?  What do you think Cassar has up his sleeves for this match?  Will RSL continue their success?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.