SANDY -- It's time to come home.
After playing five of its first seven matches on the road, Real Salt Lake at last returns to Rio Tinto Stadium, aiming to shake off its early-season struggles and start building momentum for another playoff run.
The Claret-and-Cobalt will take on Class of 2005 rival Chivas USA tonight at 7 p.m., kicking off a three-match home stand that will include visits from both of the tenants of the Home Depot Center.
Salt Lake is coming off a 1-1 draw with Vancouver last weekend at BC Place, gaining a valuable road point to cap off the busy stretch away from home.
"I like that they got better," Real boss Jason Kreis said after the match with the Whitecaps. "I like that we were really under at the beginning of the game, we struggled, and rather than folding up shop and allowing a goal and could have probably multiple goals at that point, the guys stayed pretty focused.
"It was a pretty mature performance. Any time you walk out of a place with a point, that's a result and it's that kind of result you're going to need towards the end of the season."
Real sits at 2-3-2, garnering eight points in its first eight matches, while Chivas is a surprising 3-2-1 (10 points) in the early part of this young season.
Chivas leads the series 10-9-4, getting a shocking 1-0 win at Rio Tinto Stadium last year. Real won handily, collecting a pair of decisive victories over the Goats at the Home Depot Center.
Midfielder Javier Morales saw 79 minutes of match time during last weekend's affair in Vancouver, B.C., and appears to be closing in on full fitness that will allow him to go the 90-minute distance.
Forward Alvaro Saborio, forward Joao Plata, defender Chris Wingert and several other Salt Lake players have also been taken off the injury report.
RSL could be without midfielder Kyle Beckerman due to a rib injury suffered during training last week that forced him from the match with the Whitecaps early on.