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Saturday, March 24, 2012
(All times Eastern)
Chivas USA (0-2-0) at Real Salt Lake (2-0-0), 9 p.m.
Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - Real Salt Lake aims to continue its impressive
start to the new MLS season on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium when the club
squares off with Chivas USA.
Salt Lake has looked like one of the best teams in the league through two
games with a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy followed by a 2-0 triumph
over Red Bull New York.
"We're just playing within the team and that's when we play our best," said
RSL midfielder Ned Grabavoy. "When we move the ball things open up in the
final third for some of those special guys that can make a special play."
Forward Fabian Espindola is one of those special guys having scored in both of
the team's games after scoring 10 goals for the club last term.
As good as RSL has looked in the first two games, midfielder Kyle Beckerman
still believes there is room for improvement, and that it's a good sign for
the team to be winning games despite not being at its best.
"At times we've been really good, at times we can get better, but I think
that's just the early season blues," Beckerman explained. "Getting wins and
still knowing that we need to improve is a good thing."
Chivas enters the weekend on the opposite end of the spectrum having lost its
first two games without scoring a goal.
"To score goals, we need to really want to score goals," said Chivas head
coach Robin Fraser. "I just thought that there were too many times tonight
where we had opportunities where with an aggressive move, we might have been
able to create a dangerous opportunity and we weren't aggressive enough."
Making matters worse is the fact that both losses came at home for the Goats,
who will have to play three of their next four games away from The Home Depot
The club is still clearly coming together and midfielder Nick LaBrocca thinks
a better effort collectively is required for results to improve.
"We all need to get on the same page and be a little bit more dangerous -
everybody collectively," LaBrocca said. "I think that will come with a little
extra sharpness and communication especially on the training field."
Chivas has also had little success against RSL in recent years, going 0-4-1
against the club in its last five meetings.
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