After a draw against FC Dallas, the Union will be looking to upset the best team in the MLS, Real Salt Lake, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah. RSL leads the MLS with 33 points this season, and are in first place in the Western Conference. The Union have dropped into third place after the recent draw and now have 25 points.
Salt Lake has outscored its last seven opponents at Rio Tinto by a 20 to 6 margin. This statistic is truly a testament to both the offense and defense of the Salt Lake club. Hopefully a strong performance from Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath in-between the sticks and the rest of the Union’s defense can prevent RSL’s lethal forwards Olmes Garcia and Robbie Findley from doing what they are paid to do.
With Jack McInerney, the team’s leading scorer, done for the season as he heads off to play in the Gold Cup for the USMIT, John Hackworth is left with a difficult decision to choose who will replace him. The 6’4″ forward Aaron Wheeler has only played 12 minutes over the course of two games, but could make a name for himself if he starts in this match. While it is unlikely this will happen, it would certainly make for an interesting contest.
While a loss would not be surprising for the Union in these conditions, a win against the best team in the league without their leading goal-scorer would be a huge confidence builder for the Union. You can view the match live at 10:00 p.m. EDT on The Comcast Network.