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The Knee Jerk: RSL vs Sporting KC

We are number 1 (for the next few minutes, at least)

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

As I write this, RSL currently top the Supporters’ Shield standings. That’s right. We are number #1 in the league. The caveat, of course, is that things might change over the next couple of hours as other teams play their games; however, things could also remain the same. There’s a chance.

Remember how a match is 90’?

No jumping to conclusions too early in the 17th minute, okay? Even when—out of all the players on the SKC team to leave completely unmarked with yards of space—Pulido drops an easy one into the net early.

We persevered and pulled out a win.

We looked pretty good doing it, too. How about Andrew Brody off the bench? He looked solid out there for most of this thing, and he showed off his Utah ski slopes slalom skills, too. Some excellent service to earn an assist? Nice.


Seriously, are we witnessing some competency from RSL front office management? After all of these years and so many flubs: Lagerwey, Manning, Kreis, Javi, Ortuño, etc. I’ve forgotten what competent team management looks like.

Rubin and Julio have been such a needed boost of energy and ability. It’s fun to watch! Fun to watch RSL. I know. Say it to yourself: it’s fun to watch RSL play again. How about that?

With Bobby Wood on the way after his baby is born, we might have some seriously powerful rotation in our attack.

It’s always nice to defeat SKC at home.


Rubio Rubin’s probably going to win the Golden Boot and the Landon Donovan Major League Soccer Player of the Year Mouthful of a Title Trophy (I think that’s it’s official name, without a typo this week).

It was nice to hear those drums and the Believe chant again. Stuck with ESPN+ broadcasting SKC’s announcers, I opted for the Spanish broadcast and it was grand. I do not speak very much Spanish.

Is this the season RSL goes undefeated and wins a treble? I say yes. Let’s get a clean sheet first, though.