MLS Preview: Toronto FC - Real Salt Lake

Keith Hickey
MLS Preview: Toronto FC - Real Salt Lake

Toronto FC (4-4-2): Bendik; Richter, Caldwell, Henry, O'Dea; Osorio, Hall, Laba, Convey; Earnshaw, Silva.


OUT: Richard Eckersley (L hamstring), Stefan Frei (L hamstring strain), Andrew Wiedeman (R MCL sprain)

Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Beltran, Borchers, Salcedo, Wingert; Grabavoy, Morales, Beckerman, Stephenson; Findley, Saborio.


OUT: Rich Balchan (L shoulder surgery), Chris Schuler (L foot pain), John Stertzer (R shoulder surgery), Kwame Watson-Siriboe (R knee ACL)

  • Toronto FC is ninth out of 10 teams in the Eastern Conference, with nine points from 16 games.

  • Real Salt Lake has 30 points, with 26 goals scored. That's enough to put the Royals top of both Major League Soccer and the Western Conference.
  • Three RSL players - Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, and Tony Beltran - were called up by U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann for next month's Gold Cup.
  • The Reds have won just one of their last nine games in all competitions, against last-placed D.C. United.
  • These teams met just one time last year. RSL ended up winning a 3-2 match at Rio Tinto Stadium.