It has been 10 days since Real Salt Lake last stepped on the pitch for a match, a rare stretch of downtime for a team that without question was ready for it.
Rested and rejuvenated, the Claret-and-Cobalt carry a 10-match unbeaten streak across all competitions into tonight's top-of-the-table clash with FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
The match, which kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be televised live on CW30, features the top two teams on the Major League Soccer table.
While Salt Lake is 4-0-2 in its last six MLS matches, ascending rapidly to the bird's-eye view of the table, FC Dallas has been in a stuck in a freefall. The Hoops are 0-4-2 in their last six, including a 2-0 setback on Sunday at Los Angeles after surrendering two second-half goals.
Dallas' last win was a 1-0 victory over San Jose on May 25.
Salt Lake on the other hand hasn't lost since a 3-2 setback at Montreal on May 11 to carry a league-best 10-5-4 (34 points) record after 19 matches.
To keep that position at the top of the table, Real will have to finally break its Texas curse.
The Utah side has never posted a victory in the Lone Star state in any competition, and is 0-11-2 all-time in Dallas.
The Hoops took the first meeting between the two teams earlier this year in Frisco by a 2-0 count, scoring twice in the final 20 minutes.
Salt Lake, just as it was in that late March match, will be missing four key starters with Alvaro Saborio, Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, and Kyle Beckerman, who are away on international duty with their national teams. The quartet, coincidentally, will be playing with those teams this afternoon at Rio Tinto Stadium.