With its uncharacteristic skid now in the rear view mirror, Real Salt Lake looks to keep momentum flowing in positive direction.
Just three days after dispatching Tauro FC in CONCACAF group stage action, Salt Lake travels east to Philadelphia, where the Claret-and-Cobalt will take on the Union tonight at 5:30 p.m. at PPL Park.
The match, one of just three this season not televised under RSL’s KTVX/CW30 local distribution, will be available on the NBC Sports Network.
“I think we’re at a good spot, but I wouldn’t go any further than that,” RSL boss Jason Kreis said after Tuesday’s CONCACAF win. “I think we did right tonight by getting a result 2-0, and that could be important. I think we’ve got to take the confidence, we scored the goals. We were on top of things. It was a night where finally things went right for us. Often when you do that you see floodgates open. We have to continue with that confidence and say ok, we’re playing well, and we scored goals, and we won, and we had a shutout. So we need to take all those positive things and roll them into the game on Friday.”
Despite Tuesday’s positive result, Salt Lake does still own a three-match losing streak in Major League Soccer action, a stretched that dates back to a July 26 win against Vancouver at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL hasn’t gained a full-value result away from home since a 3-0 win against Chivas at the Home Depot Center on June 16.
Real is 2-0-2 in four all-time meetings with Philadelphia, with both draws coming on the road. Salt Lake has outscored the Union 7-3 in those four meetings.
“(The effort) was pretty solid,” RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman said. “I think the energy, the intensity, the ball movement — really everything was there. Hopefully we can continue with this on to Friday.”