Real Salt Lake is at Giants Stadium today to take on the New York Red Bulls. RSL enters the match with one of the league’s worst road records (1-8-3) while the Red Bulls boast one of the league’s best home records (7-1-3). Will form hold for both teams, or will RSL find success away from Rice-Eccles?
I will (try to) do a running commentary during this match. I say try because I will be making my radio debut today as a color analyst for Real Salt Lake radio. Click the link and look under Away Radio. Give it a listen if you get a chance.
For now, if you will be watching the match, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (lineups are up):
HALFTIME- Red Bulls areas for concern. First, Jeff Parke looks pretty shaky out there and the Red Bulls are sorely missing Seth Stammler because RSL is running players in behind their forwards and Pietravallo can’t cover that area all by himself.
Wolyniec hasn’t look great and Jorge Rojas is invisible.
Dane Richards should be doing more and is being outplayed by Chris Wingert
Angel being neutralized by Olave.
Where’s Mike Magee?
HALFTIME– Real Salt Lake 1, Red Bulls 0. The Red Bulls have had more possession and have had their share of looks, but can’t finish sequences. RSL is defending well, but more importantly, creating good chances on the counter and finding their speedsters in space up front. Red Bulls lucky it isn’t 3-0 or 4-0.
13th minute- As you might have figured out, doin running commentary and radio at the same time isn’t easy so apologies for the lack of a commentary.
1st minute– And we’re off
PRE-GAME– Teams are taking the field. I will try to update as often as possible. Not sure how often I will be able to since I will be doing radio so if you me slowing down feel free to offer up some of your own commentary.
PRE-GAME– I’m coming to you from the road radio booth in the Giants Stadium press box. It’s on the same level as my usual seat, but it’s right on the midfield stripe and, more importantly, there’s an open window so I can hear the Empire Supporter’s Club in all their glory. They sound energized tonight (or it could just be that I’m not used to hearing them outside of the sound-proof area I usually sit in.)
PRE-GAME– I have made a lot of mentions of RSL’s terrible road record, but I can’t help but wonder if playing on the Giants Stadium turf won’t be a bit of an advantage for them.
PRE-GAME– Wolyniec is making his first start since May, and it may be his last start if he has a poor showing.
PRE-GAME– Former Red Bulls fan favorite Dema Kovalenko did not make the trip for RSL. He re-strained a left calf injury during the week.
PRE-GAME– Apologies for forgetting to list Wolyniec in the starting lineup. He will be starting up top for the Red Bulls, alongside Angel.
PRE-GAME– Seth Stammler is out with an injury but is expected to be back for Thursday’s game at Columbus.
PRE-GAME- Here is Real Salt Lake’s lineup:
BENCH– Seitz, Cutler, Deucher, Horst, Joy, Mathis, Nunez
PRE-GAME– Here is the Red Bulls lineup:
BENCH– Cepero, Borman, Leitch, Ubiparipovic, Mendes, Sassano, Jimenez