Facing the prospects of having to dig even deeper into its roster to field a lineup today, Real Salt Lake at last got some good news on Friday afternoon.
Central defender Carlos Salcedo, who was errantly sent off in the dying moments of Salt Lake's match with New England on Wednesday, will no longer have to serve the one-match ban normally accompanying a red card.
Referee Jose Carlos Rivero issued Salcedo a second caution in stoppage time for a handball in the box -- in reality it was outside defender Tony Beltran who committed the questionable-at-best offense -- forcing Real to finish the match with 10 men.
As result of the caution being rescinded, Salcedo will be eligible to play today when Real takes on Montreal in a noon clash at Stade Saputo. The match will be televised live on CW30.
"During Wednesday night's game against the New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake defender Carlos Salcedo was mistakenly identified and shown a yellow card that resulted in his wrongful send off," Major League Soccer wrote in a statement. "Through the Professional Referee Organization, the referee informed MLS of the error after the game. Therefore, the caution has been expunged from Salcedo's record and he will be eligible to play versus Montreal on Saturday. Tony Beltran will be assessed the caution that was rightfully due him. The next disciplinary points report will reflect this additional caution in Mr. Beltran's total."
Salcedo's sendoff was the only black eye of his first team debut.
Real boss Jason Kreis was quite pleased with Salcedo's debut, giving the RSL-Arizona Academy graduate significant praise after Wednesday's match.
"I think there are more players in our back four that need to be as physical as (Salcedo) was tonight. We need more statements made from our players," Kreis said. "We need more physicality from our center backs and our outside backs because I feel there's too many times tonight that they had opportunities to get into a 50/50 and make a hard challenge and they didn't take them."