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We need a win — and a bit of luck.

Real Salt Lake v Portland Timbers - Western Conference Championship - Leg 2

Get ‘er done

We gotta win, hands down. We gotta win. We only need a tie, but honestly, a tie cuts it too close. Plus a tie with our arch rivals at home counts as a loss anyways. As a result be looking for breakout work on the wings reliant upon the midfield. The midfield distribution in this match and the ability to stay compact defensively will most likely make or break RSL’s season come Sunday afternoon. Look for RSL to score quickly in order to ease pressure for the rest of the match. Additionally, given the massive rivalry with SKC look for fouls, lots of fouls and undoubtedly a few cards.

Dallas and San Jose

We have more wins than Dallas, and San Jose’s goal differential is an atrocious -22. (Maybe because I’ve secretly been in goal for them all season) But a win for either one of those teams means our season is done. A tie for either one of these teams means that we need a win. If both of those teams lose then RSL can get by with a tie. FC Dallas takes on the Galaxy at home, while San Jose takes on Minnesota, also at home. All of these games kick off at 2 pm on Sunday so be sure to prepare for a wild couple hours.

26th Minute

The RSL community, Section 26, in particular, lost an important member recently, Kevin Pierce. To pay respect, join Section 26 in a moment of silence, standing and holding up your scarfs at 25:00 on the clock.

Lineup changes

Expect several lineup changes from last week. Marcelo Silva will most certainly be back in the starting XI after serving his suspension. Tony Beltran will be absent after picking up an injury last week, so look for either Demar Phillips or Chris Wingert at Right Back. On the attacking front, Brooks Lennon will most likely again be the replacement for the injured Venezuelan. Lastly, look to see if Yura Movsisyan will get minutes in what might be his last game in an RSL kit.

Thanks for the memories. (Maybe, hopefully not yet)

One night and one more time, thanks for the memories, even though they weren’t so great. With a loss, or a good result for Dallas/San Jose we are guaranteed to be saying goodbye to some squad members. In such a scenario, sit back and enjoy the might-be final minutes for some of our beloved.

Yura Movsisyan

The most likely of these is Yura Movsisyan and it would certainly come of no surprise. He never exactly found the form he had in 2009 or that of when he played in Russia. But he is no doubt a notable player in our club history.

Chris Wingert

While far from phenomenal this year and playing in double, if not triple the amount of games this season most of us expected. He is still an important part of our club history and an absolutely amazing human being. Don’t be surprised to see him take a job in the organization in some position, and for what it’s worth, I think he would be very good in a coaching role.

Legends/G.O.A.T

When I was a young boy my father took me into the city to see (Real Salt Lake). The RSL team I first saw is gone with the exception of Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando. Nick is 38. Kyle is 35. Rumors suggest that Kyle’s wife wants him to retire and it would be surprising for Nick to not at least get an offer from the upcoming expansion team LAFC.

Here’s a puppy because what I just said is very sad. Let's hope we get at least another year with both of them, but we should all prepare emotionally for when the dreaded day comes.

American Kennel Club Announces Most Popular Dogs In The U.S. Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for the American Kennel Club

There are other players we might not see next season, but at this point, I’m crying because of the above, so we’ll call it quits for this one.