SANDY -- With the calendar finally rolling into June, Real Salt Lake looks to add to its point total tonight as it continues its current critical homestand.
The Claret-and-Cobalt will host San Jose tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium, their third match in eight days, attempted to further distance themselves from the defending Supporter's Shield winners.
Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m., with the match set to be televised live on ABC4.
Salt Lake is coming off a 1-1 draw in Major League Soccer action against the Chicago Fire last weekend, a match that the home side led late before surrendering the equalizer.
"It's going to happen. When teams play that defensive and negative, they'll get results," Real midfielder Ned Grabavoy said of the struggling Fire. "Obviously we need to break them down earlier. An early goal would change that game.
"We still scored and had the lead there going in with seven, eight minutes left in the game. We've got to pay attention to the details because right now we're a decent team. It's the details that could make us a great team."
In between that match with Chicago and tonight's match with San Jose, Real also won its third-round U.S. Open Cup match against Atlanta 3-2 in extra time on Tuesday.
Aside from a swap of goalkeepers, Real boss Jason Kreis kept the majority of his first choice team on the pitch, and will call on many of them again tonight, meaning a third match in eight days for many regulars.
Forward Alvaro Saborio, who returned to action against Chicago and scored the team's lone goal, has been ruled out for tonight's match after re-injuring his left quadriceps during the match.
Saborio and defender Abdoulie Mansally will both depart on Sunday for international duty, heading to Costa Rica and Gambia, respectively, for World Cup qualifying matches.
Salt Lake (6-5-3, 21 points) defeated San Jose 2-0 during the two teams' MLS opener back in March, with Real gaining a small measure of revenge after being swept during the two sides' three-match series in 2012.
The all-time series is split at 6-6-5, including a 2-2-4 mark in matches played in the Beehive State. The Earthquakes (3-5-6, 15 points) defeated RSL 2-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium last season. San Jose has lost three of its last four matches against all competition, including a U.S. Open Cup loss to the third-division Charleston Battery on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Major League Soccer has suspended San Jose defender Victor Bernardez two games for violent conduct in a game last week.
Bernardez made contact with his foot to the head of FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper as both players fell while pursuing a ball out of bounds.
Video of the collision shows Bernardez's cleat connecting with Cooper in the side of his face as both players fell. Cooper suffered a concussion and came out of the game.
Bernardez will miss the Earthquakes' games today at Real Salt Lake and June 15 at the Colorado Rapids.
* DONOVAN, BOCANEGRA ON PRELIMINARY GOLD CUP ROSTER: Landon Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra, both trying to regain their spots on the U.S. national team, are among 35 players on the American preliminary roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The list includes Real Salt Lake players Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran and Kyle Beckerman.
The roster is missing most of the national team's regular starters, such as Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard, who will be on summer vacation before returning to their European clubs for the 2013-14 season.
Some of the players are currently with the U.S. team, which is preparing for three World Cup qualifiers in June.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann omitted Donovan, who is playing his way into shape with the Los Angeles Galaxy following a four-month sabbatical, from his current camp along with Bocanegra, who lost his starting job with Racing Santander of Spain's second division and regained it in April.
Rosters must be trimmed to 23 by June 27, but the 12 players dropped can be added to the active roster after the group stage.
The Americans open against Belize at Portland, Ore., on July 9, play Cuba at Salt Lake City four days later and close the first round against Costa Rica at East Hartford, Conn., on July 16.
The winners of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups will meet in a playoff for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Goalkeepers: Toby Hall (Houston), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago), Nick Rimando (Salt Lake)
Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla, Mexico), Tony Beltran (Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Kansas City), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander, Spain), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana, Mexico), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga, Spain), Michael Orozco (Puebla, Mexico), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg, Germany),
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsingborgs, Sweden), Joe Corona (Tijuana, Mexico), Brad Davis (Houston), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg, Norway), Brad Evans (Seattle), Benny Feilhaber (Kansas City), Josh Gatt (Molde, Norway), Stuart Holden (Bolton, England), Brek Shea (Stoke, England), Jose Torres (Tigres, Mexico), Graham Zusi (Kansas City)
Forwards: Will Bruin (Houston), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna, Mexico), Alan Gordon (San Jose), Eddie Johnson (Seattle), Jay McInerney (Philadelphia), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich, Germany).
* CHIVAS USA APPOINTS INTERIM COACH FOR 1 MATCH: Sacha van der Most will be Chivas USA's interim coach for Saturday's match against the Seattle Sounders.
Chivas USA announced van der Most's one-game appointment as its interim coach Thursday, one day after firing coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola.
Van der Most is the director of soccer at Chivas USA's youth academy. The Dutch coach returned to the organization in January.
Jose Luis Real Casillas will take over Chivas USA next week.
Sanchez Sola went 3-7-2 in his brief tenure with the Goats, who are mired in last place in the Western Conference again.
Real is the sporting development director at Chivas Guadalajara in Mexico.