The nation’s capitol comes to Utah tonight — at least in spirit, somewhat — as Real Salt Lake hosts D.C. United.
Although this is the only time the two will face off this year unless both sides somehow make the MLS Cup final at the end of the season, there’s an air of familiarity to this one.
That’s because Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio — arguably one of the most mercurial of MLS forward pairings the league has ever seen — have both landed there, and that’s forced Utah eyes eastward.
How to watch
Where: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
When: 8:30 p.m. Mountain Standard, 10:30 p.m. Eastern
National TV: UniMás
Local TV: KMYU (2.2 over-the-air; 12 satellite; 643 Comcast HD)
Live stream: MLS Live
Radio, English: ESPN700, espn700sports.com
Radio, Spanish: 102.3 La Gran D FM / 1600 AM
- Sunny remains out after suffering a facial fracture — he underwent successful surgery and will be out an estimated six to eight weeks.
- Emery Welshman remains unavailable because of a hip flexor injury. He has yet to appear for Real Salt Lake in a professional match; he has played for Real Monarchs and RSL in preseason.
- Don’t expect extensive rotation after RSL’s U.S. Open Cup loss — despite losing in penalties and a slew of players going 120 minutes, Cassar has recently shown a desire to push those players further. This is somewhat in contrast to his rotational strategy earlier in the season.
Yura Movsisyan on why he plays for the Armenian National Team
To play for Armenia — to see what it means to the people there — there’s no better feeling than that. We’ve been through wars and genocide. To be able to be part of history, to make people happy, that was a big reward.
— MLSSoccer.com, From refugee to MLS, Yura Movsisyan finds a home in Salt Lake, part 2