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Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting Real Salt Lake

Can RSL overcome their injuries?

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas will travel to Salt Lake City and take on RSL this Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake are coming off of their second consecutive loss, this one a 3-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City.

Will home field advantage be the difference maker?

In the nineteen games played at Rio Tinto Stadium since 2005, FC Dallas are 5-10-4. When playing at Toyota Stadium, Dallas are 12-1-2. Despite their poor form, going to Rio Tinto and securing three points is no small task; nearly 13,000 season ticket holders will be cheering Real Salt Lake on.

Potential RSL Lineup

RSL are riddled with injuries. Their starting center backs Aaron Maund and Justin Glad missed last game with injury. Maund may return this week after playing in a rehab game for RSL affiliated Real Monarchs. Replacement center back Chris Schuler has been suspended for the Dallas game. Things don’t look great for RSL’s back line. To make matters worse for RSL, Nick Rimando will miss Saturday’s game as well. But Kyle Beckerman may return this week, but if he doesn’t Stephen Sunday will start again in his place.

Key Matchup

Cristian Colman vs the goal

Jokes aside, anticipate a return to the 4-4-2 and a chance for Colman to make up for lost time against a depleted RSL defense. He can gain desperately needed confidence this week if he finally puts one on the back of the net. A good performance won’t do it. He won’t be a more confident player by making a crucial run off the ball to open up space for a Urruti goal, he’s going to have to find the scoresheet himself.

Keys to the Match

RSL must stop the bleeding

It’s hard to expect to win with so many injuries, but giving up the second most goals in the league, second to only Minnesota United, is embarrassing. If Beckerman returns he can add some maturity and composure in RSL’s midfield and take some pressure off of RSL’s inexperienced starters. They must defend well for the sake of the rest of their season. They could easily see their season start to crumble with an embarrassing defeat.

FCD can jump start the attack

Yeas, FCD scored twice last week. They still didn’t seem to be able to consistently create chances the way they could at their best last season. Dallas hasn’t shined offensively since Arabe Unido, this could be a chance to begin firing on all cylinders against a depleted RSL defense.