SANDY -- With seven matches left in the regular season, Real Salt Lake looks to keep its momentum alive as the 2012 season heads into its final weeks.
Salt Lake, carrying a modest two-match unbeaten streak across all competitions, hosts D.C. United tonight at 7 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium looking to tighten its grip on a postseason berth.
Tonight's match will be televised live on CW30.
"We just keep looking, and we're still there (second place)," RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman said. "If you can get a bunch of wins, that is what can keep you up there, so that's what's really helped us stay at the top. If we could cut our losses in half, we'd definitely be at the top."
Real Salt Lake's path to tonight's match has been far more relaxed than the team's dizzying three matches in seven days whirlwind last week.
The rest and recovery of several key Salt Lake players could give manager Jason Kreis the opportunity to field almost an entirely first choice lineup for the first time in several weeks.
RSL could also be catching D.C. at an opportune time as United will be playing its fifth match in 14, and is coming off a 2-2 draw at New York on Wednesday. D.C. is 1-1-2 during its brutally-paced recent schedule.
Salt Lake, on the other hand, is coming off three of its strongest matches in recent weeks, and could be truly on the verge of turn around its midseason struggles and regaining its early-season top form.
"I feel like even result aside, I think that Dallas (Aug. 18) game was a really strong performance by our boys," Kreis said. "I feel like we've put three strong performances together over the past week, and we've had two really good results. And now I'm really ready to ratchet this thing up, and get us running here for the playoffs."