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RSL goes mostly full-strength to start against Manchester United

Real Salt Lake is going first-choice from the outset against MUFC.

Manchester United v Real Salt Lake Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images

For tonight’s friendly against Manchester United, Real Salt Lake is putting out a lineup that wouldn’t be out of place on Wednesday against Portland Timbers in league play.

That’s not particularly surprising, given comments from RSL coach Mike Petke this week.

Not in the starting lineup? Yura Movsisyan, who is absent with a hip injury that’s been bothering him this week. He was only jogging in training on Saturday.

Expect the first-choice selection to play maybe 30 minutes, but don’t be surprised if that turns into a full half of action.

Oh, and if you care about Manchester United’s lineup, here’s that, too.

Starting XI

Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Justen Glad, David Horst, Demar Phillips; Sunny, Kyle Beckerman; Albert Rusnak; Jefferson Savarino, Joao Plata; Luis Silva

The bench consists of RSL’s remaining available players and a handful of Real Monarchs players.

Unavailable

  • Jordan Allen
  • Chad Barrett
  • Omar Holness
  • Ricardo Velazco

Real Monarchs

  • Charlie Adams (injury)
  • Chandler Hoffman (age)
  • Taylor Peay (age)
  • Sebastian Velasquez (age)

Reading material

RSL vs. Manchester United preview: Historic friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium - RSL Soapbox
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Why RSL needs friendlies — for now - RSL Soapbox
The old mantra, trophies not friendlies, is dead.

RSL Talking Points: Manchester United friendly - RSL Soapbox
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s big exhibition match.

What we’re watching in RSL vs. Manchester United - RSL Soapbox
RSL hosts a friendly against one of the biggest clubs in soccer history