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MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - Colorado Rapids


Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Beltran, Kwame, Schuler, Palmer; Beckerman, Velasquez, Gil, Stephenson; Findley, Garcia.


OUT: Javier Morales (R knee menisectomy), Nat Borchers (L quad tendon), Chris Wingert (R knee soreness), Ned Grabavoy (family matter)

Colorado Rapids (4-3-3): Pickens; Wynne, Moor, Calderon, Mullan; LaBrocca, Thomas, Powers; Mwanga, Brown, Harbottle.


OUT: Edson Buddle (knee), Martin Rivero (R foot fracture), Jaime Castrillon (knee surgery)


  • Kyle Beckerman has always been on the winning side of the Rocky Mountain Cup since its beginning in 2005.

  • Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja and RSL head coach Jason Kreis played together on FC Dallas for four seasons.

  • Real Salt Lake has claimed the Rocky Mountain Cup six out of the eight years the competition has been contested.

  • Real Salt Lake picked up two 2-0 wins in Utah last season, but the Rapids got a bit of revenge in the third meeting, running out winners in a 1-0 match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

  • Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids are both coming into week three after suffering disappointing losses to Eastern Conference teams.
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