Real Salt Lake faces Santa Tecla tonight in CONCACAF Champions League group stage action, and if you want to watch it, you might just have to be at Rio Tinto Stadium.
If you don't have Fox Sports 2 in your television package, the match is available online via a paid subscription, which will set you back about as much as tickets for the match. But, if you're not in a position to do that, here's everything we know.
What: Real Salt Lake vs. Santa Tecla, CONCACAF Champions League group stage
When: 8 p.m. Mountain Daylight
Where: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
TV: Fox Sports 2
Online: Fox Soccer 2 Go (paid subscription); Fox Sports Go (free w/ eligible cable/satellite subscription — must include Fox Soccer 2 in package?)
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.
Justen Glad is out after straining his MCL (but should be just fine without a long layoff), and Luis Silva is doubtful after his recent calf strain. Finally, John Stertzer is suspended after his strange red card in the match at Santa Tecla.
Other than that, it's business as usual — but with yellow cards racking up, a number of players could see suspensions next match if they pick one up today. Those players? Kyle Beckerman, Demar Phillips, Abdoulie Mansally, Justen Glad, and Devon Sandoval. What impact will that have on the lineup? It's hard to say.
With yellow card accumulation clearing after the quarterfinal, don't be surprised if, in a commanding lead, one or two players pick up silly yellow cards and are suspended for the next match. But if there's any doubt, expect them to be somewhat cautious. Whatever the case, it'll all be very interesting.
Group stage details
Wondering who would go through in a three-man group? RSL Soapbox commenter SLChris broke down the tiebreaker scenarios in the comments earlier today.
1. Greater number of points earned in matches between the teams concerned (this would be even at 3 pts for RSL and 3 pts for Municipal);
2. Greater goal difference in matches between the teams concerned (RSL beat Municipal 1-0, so they need to not lose by more than 1 goal);
3. Greater number of goals scored away from home in matches between the teams concerned (RSL scored 1 away from home, so they need to keep Municipal from scoring more than 1 at the RioT);
4. Greater goal difference in all group matches (RSL currently have a +1 goal differential and Municipal’s is 0 – if we assume RSL beat Santa Tecla by 1 goal tonight and Municipal beat RSL by no more than 1 goal, RSL still have the edge);
5. Greater number of goals scored in group matches (Municipal have scored 3 goals in the group, while RSL have so far only scored 1 – but to be safe, RSL should score at least 3 goals in tonight’s match);
6. Greater number of goals scored away in all group matches (so far this is 1 each – Municipal would win by this metric if we assume they beat RSL at the RioT);
7. Drawing of lots.
And irondeepbicycle chimed in with this.
If we win tonight and lose to Municipal 1-0, it would go to tiebreaker 4-6 depending on the margin tonight. If we lose by any other margin, Municipal goes through.
But a draw or win against Municipal sends us through. Also draws tonight and on the 20th send us through, and a win over Municipal sends us through regardless of the result tonight.