After having finally slammed the door on the Canadian Curse, Real Salt Lake aims to make a winning streak north of the border.
The Claret-and-Cobalt looking to dust themselves off after consecutive setbacks to Seattle and San Jose, will take on Vancouver today at 5 p.m. at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.
It will be the third and final meeting of the regular season between the two sides, with RSL leading the series 1-0-1 after a 2-0 win at Rio Tinto back on May 4.
The teams also played to a 1-1 draw on April 13, with Vancouver stealing a pair of points due to a late penalty called after central defender Nat Borchers slipped on BC Place's artificial surface and was adjudged to have committed a handling infraction.
Tonight's contest will mark the second consecutive match against a team that is desperately fighting for its playoff life.
The Canadian side currently sits in sixth place, with 41 points. That's four points behind fifth-place Colorado, which occupies the final Western Conference berth in the MLS Cup playoffs.
Real is second in the West with 48 points, trailing only Seattle which has 50, and could regain the lead with a win and a loss or tie by the Sounders against current Supporter's Shield leader New York on Sunday.
In selecting his First XI and 18-man match day roster today, Kreis will also be keeping an eye forward to Tuesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final, a match that most fans consider the more important of the two at this stage of the season.
Striker Alvaro Saborio missed his second consecutive match with a calf injury picked up while on international duty with Costa Rica, and his third match of the last four. He will likely not play.
Winning the Open Cup would give Salt Lake an automatic berth into the CONCACAF Champions League, an oft-stated goal of the franchise.
Toronto FC boss to serve suspension
Toronto FC says manager Ryan Nelsen and assistant coach Fran O'Leary aren't appealing their suspensions following ejections in last weekend's loss to Sporting Kansas City. They will both sit out today's home game against D.C. United.
Assistant coach Jim Brennan will lead the team.
The game features the clubs with the two worst clubs in the East. D.C. United is 3-20-6, and Toronto is 4-15-11.
D.C. United is likely to rest some key players since it plays Real Salt Lake on Tuesday in the final of the U.S. Open Cup.