Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - After opening the season with five of its first
seven games away from home, Real Salt Lake returns to Rio Tinto Stadium on
Saturday to begin a three-match homestand, starting with Chivas USA.
Salt Lake has endured an inconsistent start to the season that has been
plagued by injuries, leading the team to just one win in its last six games.
But with the club returning home to the friendly confines of Rio Tinto as well
as the return to health of a few key pieces, RSL will be hoping for its
fortunes to change.
Head coach Jason Kreis has gotten back the services of Alvaro Saborio, Joao
Plata and Javier Morales to help a sputtering offense, while fellow forward
Robbie Findley is on the mend as well.
In the absence of some of Salt Lake's more established stars, Olmes Garcia
stepped up to score his first MLS goal in a 1-1 draw with Vancouver last
It was a brilliant goal by the 20-year-old and offered RSL a glimpse of the
future, although Kreis has cautioned that there is still much work to be done.
"I think that individual play is great," said Kreis of the goal. "Do I think
that there could have been more plays in that game and perhaps should have
been plays in that game? Yeah, so I think there is still a lot of improvement
needed on his part.
"I hope that we all don't feel that he just scored one goal so his job is done
because there is a whole lot more left to be done."
Chivas head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola feels the same way about his team
after a 1-0 defeat against the Colorado Rapids.
The Goats have been one of the surprise packages of the season so far, and the
defeat came after a run of 10 points from four games.
"The only path that we have now, is hard work," Sanchez Sola said. "We don't
have any other choice. We thought we would get an easy win because our past
results. We were unbeaten in four games and we thought we were hot stuff and
of course, we got away from the hard work, which should be our only path."
After Chivas went behind to an early penalty kick from Deshorn Brown, Jose
Correa had a chance to level the match from the spot, but he failed to
convert, while Chivas also missed a number of other chances to equalize.
"It came down to us missing our opportunities," goalkeeper Dan Kennedy said of
the loss to the Rapids. "It's still early in the season. We'll use it as a
lesson. We need to remember how this feels and make sure it's only a one-game
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