Saturday, July 12, 2008

GAMEDAY: Columbus at Real Salt Lake

REAL SALT LAKE -vs- COLUMBUS CREW
TONIGHT 7:00 PM, HDNet
RICE ECCLES STADIUM



INJURY REPORT:

REAL SALT LAKE - OUT: FW Fabian Espíndola (L MCL sprain), MF Brennan
Tennelle (L adductor strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Nathan Sturgis (L hamstring
strain); PROBABLE: MF Dema Kovalenko (R cervical strain) …

COLUMBUS CREW - OUT: DF Gino Padula (L hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE:
MF Eddie Gaven (L ankle sprain)

(injury report and projected lineup courtesy of RSL COMMUNICATIONS)

Week 16 Preview Part Deux - SuperLiga et al -> MLS.TheOffside.com/Travis
Impressively enough, Real has remained undefeated at Rice Eccles, taking advantage of the turf situation. Makes me wonder if once they move out they’ll start losing on a more consistent basis.

Game Preview: Crew at Real Salt Lake -> The Columbus Dispatch/Shawn Mitchell
How it might play out: Robbie Rogers hasn't scored for Columbus since May 10, but the recent play of Emmanuel Ekpo on the right flank might draw some attention away from the young left winger. If Rogers is allowed to get into space and Guillermo Barros Schelotto is on his game, expect the Crew to add to the five points it has earned in three previous trips to Utah.

Real Salt Lake game day -> Deseret News
RSL is in a third-place tie in the Western Conference with Houston but can move into first with a win ... This is the fourth chance it has had to take over first in the West this year with a win, but it has failed to score a goal all three games ... RSL defender Chris Wingert is suspended because of last week's red card ... RSL striker Kenny Deuchar will earn an automatic one-game suspension with his next yellow card ... Forward Fabian Espindola (knee) is still out, while Nathan Sturgis (hamstring) is doubtful.

Real Salt Lake takes aim at first place again -> Deseret News/James Edward
"We're going to win tomorrow. The team's confident," said Kovalenko. "Fourth time, we've got to take it. I don't know if it's going to happen again."

RSL: Morales hoping for All-Star slot -> Salt Lake Tribune/Michael C. Lewis
Javier Morales said he would like to be chosen for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game later this month, but the Real Salt Lake midfielder knows it won't be an easy accomplishment.