Our prediction for this MLS match:
Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake, the two top-table sides, take on each other at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in what is expected to be an interesting MLS game. Colorado continue with their old habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels, and they are surely capable of matching the Royals on home soil. Both Aboubacar Keita and Braian Galvan are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
Real Salt Lake, on the other hand, aim to overtake Los Angeles FC in top position in the standings. The Royals, though, failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City at the weekend, which is probably the main reason why we are going to put our money on the hosts. In their last meeting at the venue Colorado defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1. All David Ochoa, Bret Halsey, Nick Besler, and Zack Farnsworth are injured for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Diego Rubio):
Diego Rubio is a Chilean attacker who signed his first professional deal with Colo-Colo. Rubio, though, made only eight league appearances (scoring three goals) for the Chilean outfit and in 2011 he moved to Europe, signing a deal with Primeira Liga team Sporting Lisbon. After playing only 11 league matches for the Lions, the 179-cm tall striker joined Spanish club Valladolid at the age of 22.
It has to be noted that during his spell with Sporting Lisbon he was loaned to the likes of Pandurii Targu Kiu and Sandnes Ulf. On September 1, 2016 Diego Rubio signed a permanent teal with Sporting Kansas City and he has been playing for the MLS club ever since.
Rubio was born on May 15, 1993 in Santiago, the capital of Chile, and he made his debut for the Chilean national football team in June, 2011 against Paraguay. His contract with Sporting Kansas City expires on June 30, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Real Salt Lake):
Real Salt Lake joined Major League Soccer in 2005 as an expansion team of the league and four years later they won their first MLS Cup. The Royals faced star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy in the title game at Qwest Field in Seattle and Jason Kreis’ troops defeated David Beckham and Co. on penalties.
In 2013 Real Salt Lake made it to the MLS Cup final for the second time in the club’s history, but they were beaten by Sporting Kansas City on penalties this time out. The Royals participated in the CONCACAF Champions League final in 2011 as well, but Monterrey of Mexico eventually won the title. Real Salt Lake footballers wear red shirts and blue shorts when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is white.
The likes of Clint Mathis, Jeff Cunningham and Eddie Pope are some of the notable footballers who played for the club in the past. Jeff Cunningham scored 19 goals in 32 appearances in the league for the Royals.