Discussion in 'Real Salt Lake' started by BalanceUT, Sep 8, 2013.
This is the showdown for the Supporters' Shield! Whichever team wins this is in the catbird seat!
yup, gotta win this if we want a chance to win the SS. seattle is getting crazy lucky bounces right now, their offense is pretty lousy IMO but they are finding ways (or other teams are finding ways for them) to get the ball in the net.
Calling it right now. If RSL wins this match, they will go on to win the Supporter's Shield.
Sigi's already (mildly) talking sh*t. http://blog.thenewstribune.com/socc...le/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Here's to hoping that Dempsey and Johnson have to play the whole game Tuesday and the RSL guys don't play much. I think Beckerman will end up on pitch due to Bradley & Cameron's absence and USMNT needing a stronger presence at midfield.
Seattle hasn't been playing all that good, but we shouldn't let that take this game for granted.
I'd hate to have us repeat what columbus and chicago have done. (Played better, but lost)
We'll need to put this game away early to not have that happen.
Neither Columbus, Chivas nor Chicago are good teams, yet Seattle has barely beaten each. If we play our game we should win. But, our history of play after a long rest is spotty. It is a key 6 pointer game, obviously. According to Sports Club Stats, it is about 35 percentage point swing in probability of winning the SS for RSL. The difference between 5 point lead over Seattle who has 2 games in hand versus Seattle having a 1 point lead and 2 games in hand... and LA is lurking in any case.
Don't forget, this game is on NBCSN. I'd like a repeat of what we did last time we were on national tv.
I don't think that Sports Club Stats has been updated to include the games from this weekend yet. Will be interesting to see what LA's loss did to their chances, along with Seattle's win. Regardless, if we can win on Friday, it will be huge for our chances. A draw wouldn't be a bad outcome either. A loss puts Seattle firmly in the driver's seat for the SS race.
Looks like Sports Club Stats has been updated now: We win on Friday, and we've got about a 57% chance of winning the SS. We lose, and it's down to a 16% chance. A tie puts us at 30%. Big game from a SS standpoint.
Really massive game. These are the kind that deserve to be on national TV. Worried about the news with Sabo.
The XI I would use assuming he cant go:
Tony Salcedo Nat Wing
Gil KB Javi Grabs
Bench: JeffA, BMac, Palmer, Khari, Yordany, Garcia, Sandoval
Speed up top to start with Sandoval off the bench if needed (not comfortable with him starting in this one)
I disagree. I think we need to start Sandoval up top with either Plata or Findley. I think the interplay between a target forward and a speed forward is more important than having the two better (more experienced at least) individuals. Kind of a whole is greater than the sum of its parts sort of thing.
My only other possible question would be who is next to Borchers. If Schuler is game-ready does he bump Salcedo or does Salcedo have the starting job at the moment. When will Schuler be ready?
"It’s such a massive game for our fans to come out and see. This is what you live for; this is why you do sports. This is why we try to strive to do well, so you get opportunities like this."
The fact that Sigi says something like this about RSL just has me tickled. Yes, tickled. It's that kind of a season. Also, I of course agree with everyone, that this is a huge game. I think it's winnable, but really, it can go either way. As long as RSL remains sharp through their week.
I've heard Schuler is ready for consideration but he didn't play against the Portland reserves yesterday so I'm assuming the injury he got in the last reserve game is more serious than they thought.
Either way I think Schuler would be #3 when healthy until he could get actual playing time.
man what a huge game this is going to be, winner of this game is probably in the drivers seat for the SS. it'll be interesting to see what montreal does, they are getting back into form and are right there as well with perhaps a schedule with a lot of travel.
can we pull off back to back NBC Sports Network friday night victories?
Montreal might have something to say about who the Shield winner will be. Just sayin'.
SKC too. They have an incredibly easy end of season, although 4/6games are away. They are the best road team in the league though, RSL is second best.
I agree. For whatever reason, it seems popular to discount Montreal even though they are definitely in the race. Hell, even RBNY, SKC, and LAG are definitely still in it.
SKC is the best road team in the league and RSL is second? Based on what criteria? RSL has 25 road goals (to SKC's 13), is the ONLY team in the league with a positive road GD, and has the same exact number of points from road games (with 1 more loss). Really the only thing that SKC has on RSL in the road game department would be defense, everything else points to RSL being the best road team in the league.
PPG. Relax dude. They will surpass RSL's road points. Look at their schedule.
I kind of don't think Montreal will pull it off because they started out the season so hot, and now everyone has caught up to them. That means they are not playing as well. Plus, with the fixture congestion the rest of the year coupled with quite a few older players they rely heavily on, I don't think they'll be able to keep up the pace with the other teams. If they do, it will be very impressive.
New York... well.... It's the Red Bulls. They can't win anything of major distinction. Even mlsoccersoccer.com thinks so.
It's Salcedo's spot to lose. Kreis would be crazy to dump Salcedo at this point.
I know we've given up quite a few goals of late, but how does a guy who can't stay fit and hasn't played first team minutes in months take the starting spot from Salcedo? I'm high on the kid, I know, but how he could be benched after the games he's had (outside @ LA) is beyond me. The kid is solid.
And, if you need reminder, go look at how bad Schuler was this year. The home game vs Colorado, in particular
Montreal is level on points with NY and Sporting with 2 games in hand...
so who is catching up to who?
Outside CCL congestion, they have one of the easier schedules left in terms of MLS play. They're my favorite to win it (SS)
Besides, If Salcedo lost his spot it would go to McDonald first.
In mid-June, Montreal were way ahead of everyone in points plus they had games in hand, and then went cold. They started AUG with a couple losses, but since have gone WDWW, so I guess maybe may estimation of their current form is off.
I may just be talking out my ass to get some conversation going too.
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