REAL SALT LAKE (13th) VS. TORONTO FC (11th)
Rio Tinto Stadium - Saturday - 9:00PM EST
TV: SPORTSNET EAST & PACIFIC -----RADIO: THE FAN590
Coming off of two wins in a row with two clean sheets, you can't fault Reds' supporters for feeling that TFC may have turned a corner. By no means were they pretty wins against Seattle and Montreal, but they got the job done and they didn't fold in the back. However, TFC 2010, and throughout their history, have been an abysmal road team and the wilds of Utah beckon.
A cold, high-altitude opponent is not exactly the best medicine two days after an intense and rough match but this is when Preki's hard-work drills are supposed to help. The Serbian boss did manage to get a few starters some rest against L'Impact but worryingly, club captain Dwayne De Rosario has played a lot of minutes this past week. As De Ro goes, so goes the TFC offence and The Reds will need their "One-Man Gang" firing if they are to have a chance at points.
The defending champs RSL are hardly off to a flyer themselves. With only 1 win in 5 and with some key injuries, perhaps TFC can sneak some points in Utah. The Reds have always had mixed fortunes against The Royals but RSL are good at home and haven't played there much in this young season. "Natty dread" Kyle Beckerman along with Toronto natives Will Johnson and Andy Williams are often the dangermen against The Torontos and Preki's stronger defence will need to be mistake-free.
Lastly, to spice up this match, we think that it should have old-school wrestling match rules. Winner gets to keep the name "Real". Toronto FC is the only MLS squad who plays within a monarchy dammit - only Canadian MLS clubs should qualify for regal status! If TFC wins, RSL will only be known as Club de Salt Lake (or Spartak Osmond) and Toronto will put a call into Buckingham Palace and get royal use of "Real" (actually, being England it would be Royal - but whatever). Royal Toronto FC - sweet. Win one for old Liz boys!
GHOST OF FREDDIE MERCURY SAYS: 0-0 Draw
TEETH OF DONNY OSMOND SAYS: 2-0 RSL
HEADLINE: “TFC WINLESS ON ROAD - MO TO SUE GEOGRAPHY”