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Cassar: Glad, Schuler out for Chicago — so who starts?

Real Salt Lake’s center back depth just thinned out.

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In case you weren’t already feeling panicky on this Thursday afternoon, it looks like Real Salt Lake might be in a bit of hot water with their center backs for Saturday’s match against Chicago Fire.

That’s from an interview with Jeff Cassar posted today by Salt Lake Tribune beat writer Chris Kamrani, embedded below. In it, Cassar says that there may be knee ligament issues for Glad, and Schuler is dealing with some foot soreness.

As context, Schuler has suffered from foot issues repeatedly during his Real Salt Lake career, and it led to him going through a Real Monarchs rehabilitation period last year. Neither news is particularly good, but Cassar did say that the goal was to be cautious with Schuler, given that context. We’ll see what that means moving forward, but obviously, it’s not great, and it gives us plenty of reason to be scared about things.

Glad’s issues likely came out of the U-20 CONCACAF Championship final, from which he was substituted in the opening minutes of the second half.

That likely means starts for David Horst and one of Aaron Maund or Justin Schmidt — not exactly the news we needed, considering Maund missed last match through a hamstring strain. No mention was made of Maund, so we may be better off there than perhaps we otherwise would have assumed.

We’ll have more on this as it comes up, of course.


On Justen Glad and his knee

We’re going to get some other opinions ... our doctors want to talk to some other people who have maybe seen this before. I think on Tuesday we’ll have a much more definitive answer. It’s some issues with the knee — there could be some ligament stuff. The good thing is that it’s not fractured, we believe, but there could be some ligament issues.

On Chris Schuler and his foot

He’s got a sore foot. I don’t think he’s going to be going to Chicago with us. He’s had issues with this before, and this isn’t the time to push it. Our doctors are optimistic that it’s going to be fine, and Chris is optimistic, but it’s not happening this weekend.