By Brandon Arendt
Real Salt Lake will look to keep their dreams of reaching the elimination stages of the CONCACAF Champions’ League alive, when they invade the pitch in Panama City, Panama at 6:00 PM MDT.
Real Salt Lake comes into this match absolutely needing a win to keep that dream alive. A task compounded by the fact that RSL team captain, Kyle Beckerman, will be forced to sit this match out due to his red card in his last Champions’ League outing. However, the return of Nick Rimando and goal scorer extraordinaire Alvaro Saborio from international duty should give Real Salt Lake the boost they need to be competitive.
On the flipside, Tauro FC is currently in the middle of a slump, winning only one match of their last five. One player that hasn’t been affected by Tauro FC’s form is Edwin Aguilar. In only seven appearances, Aguilar has found the net six times. Most recently Aguilar scored twice in a 2-2 draw with Chepo FC of the Panamanian Football League.
Real Salt Lake’s key to the game:
Recently RSL has been great in possession, only lacking the required bite to finish most of the chances that they create. If Real is to get their much needed victory then their forwards are going to have to be sharper in front of goal. Otherwise I can see this game ending in a very uneventful draw.
Tauro FC’s key to the game:
It’s no secret that RSL needs a victory here to stay alive in Champions’ League. With that in mind RSL is sure to press towards goal early and often. If Tauro wants to earn a result they will have to be able to absorb the pressure that Real is sure to pile on and try to hit RSL back on the counter-attack.