For road-weary Real Salt Lake, the end is at last in sight.
The Claret-and-Cobalt head north to Vancouver, B.C., this afternoon take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at B.C. Place. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and the match will be televised live on KTVX.
It will be the fifth road match in seven outings this season for Real, with a three-match homestand at Rio Tinto Stadium coming up after today's contest.
RSL is 2-3-1 in six matches overall, and is 1-3-0 on the road, having dropped three consecutive matches away from Rio Tinto after opening the season with a victory at San Jose.
"I think we are doing OK. I think we are doing enough, but it could be better and the results could be better," Real goalkeeper Nick Rimando said. "On the road, you try to get as many results as you can, but it is a tough start for us to be on the road so many games. But we are dealing with it and I think we are doing OK."
Vancouver is 2-2-1 and is on a three-match winless streak after starting the season with consecutive wins. The Whitecaps would likely be on a three-match losing streak had it not been for a bizarre sequence against the Earthquakes last weekend at Buck Shaw Stadium, when two of San Jose's players momentarily stepped off the pitch to change shoes, creating an 11-on-9 advantage for Vancouver.
All three of those matches, however, were on the road, and the team is 2-0-0 at home this season.
"We identified before the season started this was going to be a very, very difficult beginning of the season, the most difficult that I can remember," RSL boss Jason Kreis said earlier this week. "I don't know that we've ever gone through our first seven games with five away. It's been difficult, no doubt about it. I still think there's more, though. I don't want to make that as any type of excuse. I think there were points that we left on the table through the first six games, but it is what it is. I think we just have to be focused on being better in our next one."