Real Salt Lake-Chivas USA Preview

Real Salt Lake has the most points in MLS thanks to a lengthy

unbeaten streak. Chivas USA, however, is one of the few teams to

beat RSL this season.

With a bevy of players returning, RSL will try to avenge that

defeat and add to its best start in team history Saturday


Salt Lake (9-3-2) went 4-0-2 before its two-week break from

league play and pushed its point total to 29 with a 3-2 win over

visiting FC Dallas on May 26. Defender Nat Borchers scored his

first goal of the season and ninth of his eight-year career in

stoppage time after Alvaro Saborio had two goals in the second


RSL will likely get some help in its attempt for a season

high-tying third straight win as goalkeeper Nick Rimando and

midfielder Kyle Beckerman return from international duty. Will

Johnson and Saborio also missed a 3-1 U.S. Open Cup loss to the

Minnesota Stars on May 29.

“I think (the absences have) had an effect,” coach Jason Kreis

told the team’s official website. “Without those guys here pushing

the level of play up a notch, there have been times, I’ve thought,

that perhaps we were lacking a bit in our technical skills.”

Salt Lake is also expected to get defender Chris Wingert back

from a hamstring injury, and veteran midfielder Javier Morales

could play for the first time since May 9. Morales, who was dealing

with an ailing quad, saw action in a reserve league game


Real Salt Lake will try to benefit from the return of those

players while seeking a third straight road win over Chivas USA

(4-6-3) after going 1-7-2 in its first 10 visits.

Chivas, though, snapped a five-game winless streak to RSL with a

1-0 victory March 24. Casey Townsend, the fifth overall pick in the

2012 MLS SuperDraft, scored his first goal as Chivas handed Salt

Lake its only home loss this season.

“We know we’re facing one of the better teams in the league and

I’m sure they’re going to be coming here looking for revenge on the

last game,” forward Juan Pablo Angel told Chivas’ official website.

“We’ve got to be ready for that, mentally and physically.”

Real Salt Lake is 4-1-1 in its last six against Chivas USA,

which is 1-0-3 in its last three MLS games. Chivas played to a

1-all draw against Seattle on May 26 before winning a pair of U.S.

Open Cup matches during its league hiatus.

Chivas is 1-0-1 in its last two home games after scoring once

while dropping its first five matches on its own pitch.