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Royal Roundup: RSL get hot at the right time

BYU Women in NCAA final four, USWNT beat Australia, Juventus under investigation and more...

Real Salt Lake v Sporting Kansas City: 2021 MLS Playoffs - Quarterfinals Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Shock result #2! For the second playoff game RSL was the heavy underdog and pulled out a win (against every pundit’s prediction). After a 3 game sweep of Sporting Kansas City in 2021, it would seem that our once fierce rivalry (that had begun to cool over the last 2 years) may have just been turned up to eleven for 2022.

The sports tracking website FiveThirtyEight now gives RSL a 35% chance of making it to the MLS Cup, and a 9% chance of winning (up from 9% and 2% last week).

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REAL SALT LAKE / UTAH

  • [SLT][SocWire] BYU Women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA final four after beating South Carolina 4-1. They travel to California to face Santa Clara on Friday.
  • [STF] Portland Timbers ready to host RSL in conference final.
  • [MLS] “We lacked a pep in our step” is how SKC coach Peter Vermes explained the loss to RSL.

MLS / USL / NWSL

  • [USSP] MLS certainly has a strong home-field advantage, but in the playoffs that doesn’t mean an easy path to advance.
  • [MLS] Philadelphia Union knocked Nashville SC out of the playoffs in a PK shootout.

USA

  • [SBI][FRS][APN] It took Ashley Hatch 24 seconds to score the first goal on route to a 3-0 USWNT win over Australia.
  • [SSFC][SI] The USMNT will play two World Cup qualifiers in January at Columbus Ohio vs El Salvador, and St. Paul Minnesota vs Honduras.
  • [SI] US international Weston McKennie received a knee injury Saturday in Juventus 0-1 loss to Atalanta. Initial reports are that it is minor and he is expected to return before the USMNT qualifiers.
  • [USSOC] The USWNT will play their 2nd friendly vs Australia on Tuesday at 2 AM MST, it will be shown on ESPN for those awake at that time.

INTERNATIONAL

  • [CBS][Goal] Paris Saint Germain superstar Neymar suffers ankle injury in game vs AS Saint-Étienne. Extent of injury is unknown so far.
  • [FRS][Score] Concacaf’s 4th place team will play the Oceania winner for the Intercontinental Playoff World Cup berth.
  • [SI] Either Portugal or Italy will miss the 2022 World Cup.
  • [Sportslens] Juventus is being investigated for “financial irregularities” by Italian officials.
  • [JOE] FIFA to test Hawkeye’s automated offside detection technology in the Arab Cup games.