9. MLS PREVIEW: Monday Night 'Rocky Mountain Cup'
By Ridge Mahoney
REAL SALT LAKE (0-1-2) vs. COLORADO (1-1-1)
(Monday, 9 pm ET, Direct Kick)
Real Salt Lake can't be as bad as it looked while being thumped, 4-0, by Chivas USA, yet it was also blanked in its last home game by Columbus (0-0) and needed a couple of goalmouth saves by Eddie Pope and Medhi Ballouchy to pitch its own shutout. Keeper Nick Rimando looked shaky against Chivas USA, but rookie goalkeepers - even one as talented as U.S. under-20 Chris Seitz - have not flourished in MLS, so a change might not necessarily be a good thing.
The Rapids have added striker Conor Casey and midfielder Jose Cancela to an attack already fairly potent with Nicolas Hernandez, Herculez Gomez, Jovan Kirovski and winger Terry Cooke. Gomez has scored twice and Cooke already has three assists.
Jeff Cunningham has scored both of RSL's goals and Andy Williams will be out at least a month because a high ankle sprain suffered from a foul by Chivas USA's Sacha Kljestan -- so Ballouchy, Freddy Adu and Chris Klein need to punch through the Rapids defense. Hernandez's goal decided the last match the teams played at Rice-Eccles, a 1-0 victory last September that also earned Colorado a 2-1-1 series victory and the Rocky Mountain Cup.
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily What They're Saying: Laura Bassett July 4, 3:55 a.m. |
"I couldn't breathe, my heart was out of my chest, and I wanted the ground to ... MLS: This weekend ... July 4, 3:51 a.m.
The Seattle Sounders ended their three-game losing streak when they beat MLS Supporters' Shield leader D.C. ... Three takeaways from USA-Guatemala July 4, 3:23 a.m.
The USA tuned up for the Gold Cup with a 4-0 win over Guatemala Friday night ... Scouting Report: USA and Japan go for a third time July 4, 12:14 a.m.
The first rematch of a final in Women's World Cup history is set for Sunday when ... USA-Guatemala International Friendly Player Ratings July 3, 11:54 p.m.
Four years ago, the USA completed its Gold Cup preparations by beating Guatemala, 6-0, in San ... What They're Saying: Abby Wambach July 3, 10:23 p.m.
"It's nerve-wracking. It's brutal. And I'm not saying this because I'm sitting on the bench and ... Women's World Cup watch parties set for Sunday July 3, 6:29 p.m.
U.S. Soccer will host a viewing party for Sunday's Women's World Cup final between the USA ... Olivia the parrot picks Japan over USA July 3, 2:37 p.m.
Olivia, a 10-year-old African gray parrot, is predicting Japan over the USA in the Women's World ... ICYMI | MLS: Report: New DP procedures formulated July 3, 4:56 a.m.
Allocation money could become even more valuable under new policies adopted by MLS. One of the ... Reader's Note: Watch for Special July 4th Edition July 3, 4:24 a.m.
Soccer America will publish Soccer America Daily on Saturday as it previews Sunday's Women's World Cup ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives