Real Salt Lake Must Start Winning Now
Sep 26, 2022, 11:53 AM | Updated: Sep 29, 2022, 3:03 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake is running out of time to solidify a playoff position. With just two games remaining, the club will need to win both games.
As it stands, Real Salt Lake is one spot from making the playoffs. They have picked up 43 points and sit two points behind seventh-placed Minnesota United.
Playoffs Still Attainable
However, multiple scenarios still exist where Real Salt Lake can qualify for the playoffs. The highest seed still attainable is the fourth seed.
Firstly, for RSL to conclude in the fourth seed they would need to win both games remaining against LA Galaxy on the road before hosting Portland Timbers on Decision Day, both opponents currently sit above RSL on the standings.
Assuming RSL wins both games remaining, they would require Nashville to lose both of its remaining games against Houston (at home) and LAFC (on the road), while also relying on Portland to lose to LAFC at home this upcoming weekend. Minnesota United would need to lose one of their two games left against San Jose and Vancouver. The Galaxy must lose their final game of the season on the road against Houston.
The odds that RSL can climb into the fourth seed are slim. But not impossible.
We gotta win 2 games … which starts with #RSL winning at Galaxy …
— Trey Fitz-Gerald (@3FitzSLC) September 25, 2022
The more likely scenario where RSL qualifies would be if they draw against LA this weekend before beating Portland at home, adding four points to their tally of 43 to conclude the season on 47.
By no means does 47 points suggest that RSL is going to qualify for the postseason. Minnesota (45), Portland (46), Galaxy (46), and Nashville (47), would only need to win one of their final two games for RSL to end on 47 points and miss the postseason.
Kreilach, Wood Injury Update
The status of key players will also make a difficult task harder as captain Damir Kreilach and striker Bobby Wood remain injured and sidelined. Following the most recent MLS fixture against Cincinnati, manager Pablo Mastroeni confirmed that the likelihood of Kreilach and/or Wood returning following the international break is unlikely.
“No,” Mastroeni said when asked.
If RSL is tied on points with another team at the conclusion of the season, the team with the most wins will conclude ahead of the other. If teams are tied in the wins category, then goal differential will determine the higher seed and in the rare result that both teams are also tied on goal differential then goal for (per match) will be the deciding factor.
RSL vs. LA Galaxy Match Info
Real Salt Lake will travel to Los Angeles for an 8:30 p.m. kickoff on October 1st from Dignity Health Sports Park.
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