SANDY -- After a quick pit stop north of the border to pick up a take-home victory, Real Salt Lake returns home for its annual Fourth of July week match.
The surging Claret-and-Cobalt, winners of seven straight across all competitions, host the Philadelphia Union, one of the Eastern Conference's top dogs, tonight at 8 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The match will be televised live on CW30, with a fireworks display set to follow.
Both squads will be missing key players tonight due to CONCACAF Gold Cup call-ups. Real will be without four First Choice XI selections, Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran, Nick Rimando and Alvaro Saborio, while the Union will be without Major League Soccer-leading scorer Jack McInerney and Keon Daniel.
Arguably one of the, if not the, deepest teams in all of the MLS, Real's international absences will certainly put that depth to the test.
Salt Lake boss Jason Kreis has started a league-high 24 players in its 18 MLS matches, after starting just 23 in all of its 2012 season.
Tonight could also be a milestone for RSL, which enters the match with an all-time MLS regular season record of 99-10-68 and could capture its 100th regular season league win. Since the start of Real's MLS Cup winning season of 2009, the team is 68-43-35.
Philadelphia is on a four-match unbeaten streak, and currently sits in third place in the Eastern Conference.
The Union (7-5-5, 26 points) are coming off a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday. Philadelphia led that match until a late equalizer by the Hoops.
Salt Lake, meanhile, is unbeaten in five all-time matches with the Union, posting a 2-0-3 mark. RSL is 2-0-0 with a 5-1 goal-differential at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Following tonight's action, RSL won't play again for 10 days.