Real Salt Lake takes on Portland Timbers tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium, and believe it or not, the home team is in the better form of the two — unless, well, you consider high-scoring blowouts, in which case all bets are off.
Want to watch the team come back to Utah after a scorching road trip? We've got the details.
What: Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers, MLS Regular Season
When: 8 p.m. Mountain Daylight; 7 p.m. Pacific / Mountain Standard (Arizona)
Where: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
TV: Local | see below
How to watch
The club has said the match will be available regionally on the American Sports Network, which mostly broadcasts on regional CW stations. While we can't typically confirm that the match is scheduled on those, they're listed below.
Salt Lake City: KMYU (2.2 OTA, 12 satellite, 22 Comcast)
Portland, Oregon: ROOT Sports Northwest
Boise, Idaho: KYUU/GetTv (35.1 OTA; not listed)
Reno, Nevada: KAME (21.1 OTA; confirmed in schedule)
Las Vegas: KVCW 2 (33.2 OTA; unconfirmed, schedule unavailable)
Phoenix: KASW (61.1 OTA; not listed)
Online: MLS Live (no Utah blackout)
Know other ways to see this match — like satellite / cable channel numbers for various affiliates? Leave us a comment and we’ll update this and future posts.
Joao Plata: Plata's close to playing, and that could mean a substitute appearance against Portland Timbers. In terms of impact players, there are few bigger than Plata at the team. Any time from him would be meaningful.
Jamison Olave: Again, he's "close" — and, in my opinion, he can't be close enough. Real Salt Lake needs an experienced head at center back, and we've seen a lot of our struggles come from young defenders making young defender mistakes. It's not that Olave's flawless, but he helps correct those.
Jordan Allen: He's also in the "close" group, and his right-sided play (or left-sided) provides something unique to our team. He makes good runs, plays comfortably, and is generally just a very good player. Last played: July 18.
Chris Schuler: He's not close. Last played: July 11. Last before that: April 5. Ugh.
Juan Manuel Martinez, or "Burrito": He's very unlikely to play in this game. He was in Argentina earlier in the week finishing up some paperwork apparently, and he's likely to be available against Seattle. He does have his work permit, though, so I wouldn't rule anything out at this point. RSL is struggling; anything would help.