Real Salt Lake and Orlando City face off tonight in a match that's sure to be fireworks-filled — and without some key players, staying compact and preventing another unsightly loss is undoubtedly what Jeff Cassar has emphasized in the build-up to this one.
Match & TV details
Who: Real Salt Lake vs. Orlando City SC
Where: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
When: 8 p.m. Mountain Daylight; 10 p.m.
TV details: KMYU (2.2 OTA, 12 satellite, 22 Comcast)
Stream details: MLS Live
Injured: Jamison Olave, Justen Glad
Potentially returning from injury: Chris Schuler
Suspended: Jordan Allen
International duty: Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, Alvaro Saborio
What to watch
Luis Gil as a deep-lying player
For a long time, everyone has seen Luis Gil as the replacement for Javier Morales. But with a strong performance deeper in the midfield last week, is that where his future could lie with Real Salt Lake? Can he make himself a valuable differentiator there? He's not likely to get regular minutes higher up — and if that's what he needs, maybe that deeper spot is exactly what he needs.
Does Devon Sandoval get a start?
After not starting the last two matches, and with RSL finally starting to find some form in attack, does Devon Sandoval find himself sat on the bench for this important tie against Orlando City? He offers a lot to the team as a hard-working striker, and he wasn't dropped by any fault of his own — he merely ran his legs off in a nine-man loss to New York, and RSL has had a terrifyingly tight schedule. That's not changing. So — what's the front line look like?
Dealing with Kaka
It's a weird twist of fate that RSL has to deal with Kaka without the services of Kyle Beckerman, but that's where the state of things have left us. How does a midfield of Luis Gil, Luke Mulholland, and Javier Morales deal with one of the better-passing midfielders in the league?