For the Claret-and-Cobalt, nearly everything is on the line tonight.
While Real Salt Lake has long since sewn up a playoff berth, today's late-night showdown match between RSL and Colorado will both decide the victory of the Rocky Mountain Cup and go a long way toward determining Real's final playoff position.
The match kicks off from Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., at 8:30 p.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
We have two games to get our crap together," RSL midfielder Andy Williams following practice on Tuesday. "We have two games to get it into gear, and we're not even focusing on the four-game losing streak."
In order to do that, RSL needs to find a way to stop hemorrhaging goals, as it has been outscored 12-2 during its four-match skid. Those 12 goals represent nearly a third of the total goals allowed by the club this season.
Real defeated Colorado 1-0 earlier in the season on a last-gasp goal by Fabian Espindola, which means the team needs just a draw tonight in order to secure its fifth straight Rocky Mountain Cup.
Getting at least a point tonight would also be critical for RSL in its quest to fend off both FC Dallas and Colorado and keep its hold on the No. 3 spot on the Western Conference