Nat Borchers is embraced by Kyle Beckerman after scoring for RSL.
Kyle Beckerman, M
When Beckerman is playing at his best, results tend to come for Real Salt Lake, with his distribution combined with his ability to disrupt play as attacks come back at RSL making him a force in both facets of play. On the fringes of the US men's national team, a big start of the season for Beckerman could see the RSL stalwart play a part of in World Cup qualifying.
Nick Rimando, G
Rimando has established himself as on of the most valuable goalkeepers in Major League Soccer, a status that has allowed him to flutter around the edges of the national team. His main stage, though, is at Rio Tinto, where his command of the defense allows Real Salt Lake, when they're on, to be as good at the back as any team in the league.
Jamison Olave, D
The complete package in defense, Olave is an intelligent, physically imposing presence that can be commanding on set pieces. Now 30-years-old, Olave needs to stay healthy, but if he does, he can be MLS' best defender.
Javier Morales, AM
The whole league lost out on one of its best last year, with an early season ankle injury costing Morales most of the 2011 campaign. The Argentine veteran is back, his return crucial to sparking a RSL attack that needs to fine more goals.
Alvaro Saborio, F
While RSL didn't break the bank to keep him, the team bent the vault door to secure Alvaro Saborio after his strong 2010. In 2011, he failed to like up to their faith. If he's on, Saborio is the best No. 9 in the league. RSL's hoping to see that form this season.