SANDY -- Real Salt Lake will continue its quest for the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tonight when the team hosts t the Portland Timbers in an Open Cup semifinal at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The winner will host the Open Cup final against the winner of the Chicago Fire-D.C. United semi, also today.
Should RSL advance, it would host the final at Rio Tinto Stadium on Oct. 1.
RSL beat the second-division Carolina RailHawks 3-0 in the Open Cup Quarterfinals at Rio Tinto Stadium on June 26 to advance. The Claret-and-Cobalt got goals from DF Tony Beltran, DF Chris Wingert and FW Alvaro Saborio to cruise.
RSL will be bolstered on Wednesday by the return to the lineup of Beltran and Wingert. The solid outside back duo hasn't played together since the June 26 win over Carolina, with Beltran on international duty for all of July and both suspended for Saturday's draw at Colorado.
Beltran, Wingert and the rest of their RSL teammates will need to turn in a strong performance s to advance past the resurgent Timbers, currently second in the Western Conference - just three points behind RSL - with an 8-3-11 record.
Portland has flourished under first-year coach Caleb Porter and captain - and former RSL man - Will Johnson, second only to RSL in MLS in goal differential.
Tonight's match will be Johnson's first trip back to Rio Tinto since he was traded from RSL to the Timbers this offseason. The Canadian international spent parts of five seasons with RSL.