SANDY -- During his on-air post-match interview on KTVX late Saturday night, Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis had high praise for the three players who entered the Utah side's match with Portland as second-half substitutions.
The importance of getting across-the-board contributions will be underscored tonight when Real (3-1-0, 9 points) takes on Major League Soccer newcomer Montreal (0-2-1, 1) at Rio Tinto Stadium on short rest after Saturday's dramatic result against the Timbers.
"Tonight the guys who came off the bench were arguably the most important players we had," Kreis said. "Whether you are starting or coming off the bench, you've always got to be ready to contribute," he said after the 3-2 comeback win.
Tonight's match, which gets under way at 7 p.m. and will be televised, is the second of three-in-eight days for Salt Lake.
The short recovery means that it's highly likely for Kreis to again shuffle his starting lineup to keep players fresh. RSL started the same XI during each of its first three contests, before bringing on mainstays Alvaro Saborio and Javier Morales as substitutions.
On Saturday, both Saborio and Morales started and went the full 90 minutes, while Fabian Espindola came off the bench, as did Will Johnson - making his 2012 debut - and team newcomer Jonny Steele.
RSL hosts arch-rival Colorado on Saturday, again on short rest, meaning that it's crucial for Kreis and his staff to manage minutes and get contributions from his entire lineup.
GIL SELECTED TO U-20 CAMP: Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil has been named by U.S. under-20 men's national team head coach Tab Ramos to the 24-player roster that will participate in the U-20s' upcoming training camp in Portland, Ore., taking place from April 9-16. Due to his participation at the U-20 camp, Gil will miss Real Salt Lake's regular-season matchup at Sporting Kansas City on April 14, but he will remain eligible for selection for this Saturday's rivalry contest against the Colorado Rapids.
The 18-year-old Gil has started all four contests thus far, and scored the insurance goal for the Utah side in its 2-0 victory against New York on March 17.