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RSL to roll out 4-3-3 for first time against a traditional rival, LA Galaxy

Both bruised and battered, RSL will host a new look LA Galaxy. Both sides have lost key contributors in the offseason so RSL will look to get revenge using a new lineup against a traditional rival.

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RSL Soapbox Predicted Lineup: Season Correct Percentage - 78/88 = 88.6%

(4-3-3) Rimando; Beltran, Olave, Vásquez, Phillips; Mulholland, Beckerman, Gil; Allen, Saborio, Garcia.

Fan Predicted Lineup: Season Correct Percentage - 80/88 = 90.9%

(4-3-3) Rimando; Beltran, Olave, Vásquez, Phillips; Mulholland, Beckerman, Gil; Allen, Saborio, Garcia.

Predicted Bench and Substitutions: Season Correct Percentage - 16/24 = 66.6%

Attinella, Mansally, Maund, *Stertzer, Pecka, *Sandoval, *Saucedo

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

Players to Watch:

Jamison Olave:

The veteran is going to have his hands full.  As Real Salt Lake's defense holds firm, Olave will likely be tasked with stopping Alan Gordon - which is no easy task.  The former Bash Brother is still a killer and can find himself at the end of most any ball, so Olave will have to be especially vigilant.  The last time these two players met up Olave was with New York.  Olave did a good job stopping the substitute appearance of Gordon but with his preoccupation opened space for Robbie Keane who topped the scoring off at 4-0 only a minute after the appearance of Gordon.  Olave will have to keep one eye on Gordon and one eye on his rookie partner.  In short, Olave is either going  to show what he is made of or be completely overrun .

Elias Vásquez:

The rookie is going to have to face the biggest challenge of his time in MLS.  While Robin Keane is out due to a groin strain, Vasquez will be faced with stopping both speed and strength.  With Olave marking Gordon, Vasquez will be tasked with hindering the movement of either Gyasi Zardez or Bradford Jamieson IV.  Either of these players have pace so Vasquez will have to stay on his toes tonight.  It will be interesting to watch which young player comes out on top.

Luis Gil:

Gil is going to be given the keys to the RSL attack.  He has shown flashes of brilliance just last match but was unable to make anything happen for the Claret-and-Cobalt.  Having created only one scoring opportunity this season, the coaching staff will have instructed Gil to be the central cog in the attack; he will need to make the right passes and completing the right runs.  Gil has fast similar challenges before and it will be interesting to see how he deals with this role from the first whistle instead of after an injury substitution.  He has been in a good run of form as of late so watch to see if he can finally get the stats to back it up.

Alvaro Saborio:

The veteran attacker needs to score.  During the over 600 minutes and counting since RSL has scored from the run of play, Saborio has struggled to create and ponce on opportunities. The veteran is still coming up the rear of the pack with a 33 percent shot accuracy (down from 40 last week).  The target man will need to start producing if RSL is to grab any points before Joao Plata returns.

Olmes Garcia:

There are many reasons to keep your eye on this promising young attacker but in this match it corresponds with one thing: Stefan Ishizaki.  While Garcia will be essential in the attack if RSL is to break their near record shutout run, he will also be vital in tracking back and preventing Ishizaki from preforming his magic.  Garcia has been fantastic so far this year in his defensive duties and for this match he will have to be epically good.  Watch to see if his young attacker can repel the veteran attacker and hopefully steal some moves out of Ishizaki's book.

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?  Can RSL get a much needed three points on home turf?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.