Real Salt Lake's annual match with D.C. United is tonight, and while there's not a whole lot of animosity between these two sides, there's plenty of storyline regardless.
The big one? The quick return of Alvaro Saborio to face his old side, which is honestly a little weird to be saying at this point. But we also have the return of Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola to a strike partnership, which could be fun (and maybe a little upsetting) to watch.
But we also have the return of Kyle Beckerman to RSL after international duty, and we might have the return of Nick Rimando, if he's healed completely.
Like I said — storylines abound.
We also have the improving RSL discussion, the question about whether Jaime will play in the middle or out wide, and what we do with Luis Gil. Pick your favorite.
Storyline to watch
If you picked "Jaime in the middle or out wide," you're in luck. I picked that, too. If you picked something else, I don't know what to tell you. Sorry.
So — do we put Jaime back in the middle? He's been at his best there, and that's where we'll see the most from him in terms of goalscoring potential. That's important, because RSL is need of more than just Javier Morales scoring goals.
Jaime's certainly capable, but he's got to get into good goalscoring positions. If he's played out wide, he'll need to tuck in and rotate up with Devon Sandoval. If he's in the middle, watch out, D.C. — he's quite good.
Now, it's worth noting that Devon Sandoval does bring positive qualities to this team, even if his finishing has been on the poor side. He's very good at holding possession and bringing players into the game, and that helps push our midfield and full backs into the attack. That's important stuff. It's not to say that Jaime can't do that, but the team does play differently with him out there. Does it suit the team? Maybe. It's hard to say.
Who: Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United
Where: RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
When: 5 p.m. Mountain; 7 p.m. Eastern
TV details: KMYU (2.2 OTA, 12 satellite, 22 Comcast)
Stream details: MLS Live (subscription)