Mike Gray, LAG Confidential editor, took some time to fill us in Salt Lake City in on some of our pressing questions ahead of tonight's match against LA Galaxy.
As usual, Randal Serr asked the questions, and you can catch up with Gray and the rest of LAG Confidential, if you're looking for more from the other side.
RSL Soapbox: Alan Gordon was known for his last minute heroics at San Jose for a few years. Now he is on the Galaxy and you have been able to observe him for a good while, how does he keep doing it?
LAG Confidential: Alan Gordon has always been a dominating figure in the box, and with Stefan Ishizaki feeding the 6'1" forward consistent service, it's no wonder Gordo has delivered in the clutch time and time again. Gordon is a quality player, some fans forget he was on the field when the U.S. beat Mexico at Azteca.
I'm not sure where the clutchness comes from, but maybe that's why Bruce calls Gordon a man every chance he gets.
RSL Soapbox: Robbie Keane and Javier Morales have something in common in that they are in their mid thirties and don't seem to be slowing down. Has Keane's game changed at all since he got to L.A. and how many good years does he have left?
LAG Confidential: You could argue that Keane and Morales aren't quite as mobile as they used to be, but Robbie Keane possesses a fierce competitiveness and a desire to win that is second to none. Crucially, Keane had double Achilles' surgery during the the 2014 off-season, a move that he said left him feeling 10 years younger. Despite a recent seven game layoff with a groin injury, Keane appears well-positioned to go on for another few seasons.
RSL Soapbox: RSL's popularity seems to go up every year in Salt Lake City. How popular are the Galaxy in L.A. with all of the other professional sports teams to choose from and has their popularity gone up with five championships?
The Galaxy are popular, but it's hard to argue they aren't a step below the other professional sports teams in the area, despite the Galaxy's success over the years. Some of this is due to the unique geography of Los Angeles, while others might claim the Galaxy are underperforming when it comes to drawing in fans.
One thing's for sure: With LAFC entering the league in 2018, the Galaxy organization is going to have a challenge on their hands. Chivas 2.0 they are not.