Real Salt Lake host San Jose Earthquakes in a crunch match in the Major League Soccer at Rio Tinto Stadium.
With just four points separating 2nd placed Seattle Sounders from LA Galaxy, who have a game-in-hand, every team knows that things couldn’t have been tighter in the Western Conference.
Only Los Angeles FC are immune to other results, having accumulated an incredible 63 points in 29 games. While every team from 2nd to 8th could either break into the top-seven or miss out on the post-season.
That said, San Jose Earthquakes were in a far more favorable situation but a four-game winless run last month has brought them right into the hot zone.
Real Salt Lake meanwhile are blowing hot and cold of late, but the four wins in the last six games have propelled them to within 3 points of 2nd place heading into this game.
The Major League Soccer match will be played between Real Salt Lake and San Jose at Rio Tinto Stadium, in Sandy, Utah. The ground has a capacity of 20,213.
The game will start at 07:00 AM (IST), on Thursday, September 12.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Real Salt Lake – W W W L W L
San Jose – D L L L W W
Real Salt Lake Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Real Salt Lake Probable XI:
Rimando (GK), Toia, Onuoha, Holt, Herrera, Beckerman, Luiz, Rowe, Kreliach, Plata, Johnson
San Jose FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
San Jose Probable XI:
Vega (GK), Salinas, Jungwirth, Cummings, Thompson, Godoy, Judson, Eriksson, Fierro, Espinoza, Chris Wondolowski
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Sam Johnson: His first season in MLS has seen him leading the goal scoring charts for the team. He is a topline starter now for Real Salt Lake and will be a threat all day long.
Chris Wondolowski: From a meager bit-part player to one of the most feared strikers in the MLS, Wondolowski has been a kind of success which can inspire the young generation.
Damir Kreilach: Started his life in MLS with 15 goals and nine assists in 34 starts. The 30-year-old is can play in a variety of roles, be it a No. 10, a box-to-box midfielder and even as a false No. 9. An unmissable player.
Magnus Eriksson: A player who is comfortable either as a no-10 or as a left-sided attacking midfielder. He boasts a deadly left foot and can pop up with a moment of magic.
SJ vs RSLC Dream11 potential winner:
San Jose should at least get a draw here.