Our prediction for this MLS match:
Real Salt Lake will look to get their revenge on Houston Dynamo for a 2-1 loss at Shell Energy Stadium when they take on Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup last 16. The Royals face a must-win situation in Tuesday’s clash and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Orange Crush. Both Julio Santos and Gomez are pushing for a start, while the likes of Holt, Arango, and Ruiz should miss out with injuries.
Houston, on the other hand, continue with their old habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels. As the Dynamo are not regarded as good travellers, we are tempted to put our money on Real Salt Lake. Both Tate Schmitt and Ifunanyachi Achara are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Hector Herrera):
Mexico international Hector Herrera is a 26-year-old midfielder playing for Portugal giants FC Porto. Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. During his first season with the Dragons Herrera struggled for playing time, but he went on to cement his place in the starting eleven, becoming one of the most valuable players for the club.
Herrera has since them racked up over 110 performances for the Portugal side, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Full Mexico international since 2012, Hector Herrera represented his country at the 2014 World Cup.
During the summer of 2016 Herrera was heavily linked with a move away from Porto and was reported to have made a personal agreement with Italian side Napoli, but the €25 million asking price proved to be a stumbling block that ended up ruining the deal.
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.