Real Salt Lake is taking a quick jaunt east today with a match against Chicago Fire, where they'll be hoping for their first win in over a month. After a much-improved showing against LA Galaxy last week, that's not so outlandish a desire.
Real Salt Lake v. Chicago Fire, 1 p.m. MDT
Local TV: KMYU (2.2 OTA, 12 satellite, 22 Comcast)
Online: MLS Live | Potential live stream from CSN Chicago, but unconfirmed
What should you be watching for? We have some ideas.
Jordan Allen's last hurrah (for a few weeks)
Our young winger is off to the U-20 World Cup in short order, but before he departs, he has this match with which to impress. Will he get a chance to play on the left wing again, which he's said he's more comfortable with? His play was creative and dangerous last week — can that continue?
RSL's non-diamond kinda-diamond formation could be rolled out again, and after its relative success on Wednesday, we'd understand if it was. It matched up very well against LA Galaxy, but might it be able to do the same against Chicago Fire? If Javier Morales is out for an extended period of time, does this formation keep getting the run-out?
Luke Mulholland's performances have been — shall we say — a little back and forth. In this new setup, what's his best role? Does he actually fit in with an attacking triumvirate in the midfield, or would he be better off paired with Kyle Beckerman? Is he even the right player at all for this style? While he's had some good showings, this one will be another test.
Real Salt Lake's turnaround will be incredibly short, so will that end up tipping the lineup scales in the favor of some of RSL's younger contingent? Will Sebastian Saucedo get an early look after consistently impressing? What about John Stertzer, whose last performance was on par with the rest of the team against New England Revolution? And could Pecka finally see substantial minutes for this club?