The Week That Was
For another year, the rivalry is renewed with Colorado Rapids. Colorado traveled to Rio Tinto Stadium to begin the next installment of the Rocky Mountain Cup. With Real Salt Lake winning 7 of the first 10 in the year long series, it was expected by many that RSL would continue their dominance against Colorado this year.
For the first time this year, Jeff Cassar was able to install the new look 4-3-3 with Javier Morales, Sebastian Jaime, Joao Plata, and Alvaro Saborio. Evidence of rust was there, as Colorado’s tough defense kept Real Salt Lake from finding the back of the net multiple times. Late in the match, a wreckless foul earned Colorado a penalty kick. Dillon Powers pushed the ball wide right and the game ended minutes later with a 0-0 tie for both teams.
The Week Ahead
The team gets a much needed rest this week. With no games on tap, they will look ahead to two games the following week. They will host Seattle Sounders 2 in US Open Cup play on June 16 and June 21 they will welcome in Sporting Kansas City.
Around The Table
Real Monarchs – Thanks to a Lucas Baldin stoppage time goal, Real Monarchs held onto a point at home in a 2-2 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC2. Real Monarchs sit 1-6-5 on the year. This week, they play one game as they travel to play the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.
BYU Soccer – After a pair of draws to Real Coloardo this past week, BYU sits 0-2-3 early on in the year. They play two games this week, both home against Las Vegas Mobsters and Albuquerque Sol FC. BYU tied Las Vegas 2-2 at home.
USMNT U-20s – After a 3-0 lost against Ukraine, U-20s look to rebound in the World Cup. With the lost, the team finished 2nd in the Group Stages, just behind Ukraine by 1 point. United States played Colombia to the tune of a 1-0 win. They continue play June 14 against Serbia.
USWNT – Thanks to a pair of Megan Rapinoe goals, the United States Women’s National Team defeated Australia 3-1 to open up the Women’s World Cup. The team plays Sweden on June 12 and Nigeria on June 16.
USMNT – Thanks to a pair of Mix Diskerud and Bobby Wood goals, the United States Men’s National Team defeated the reigning World Cup champion Germany 2-1.
International Players – As the season goes on, international duty will seem to pop up from time to time for a few stable players (and occasionally the random ones). Moving forward, these are the list of players that could see time, or have seen time, playing for their national teams.
Tony Beltran – United States
-While this isn’t usual, Tony Beltran has made 3 appearances with the most recent being in 2014.
Kyle Beckerman – United States
-Beckerman is a stable in the United States team. Any call ups usually has his named attached.
Boyd Okwuonu – United States
-Though he hasn’t made it to the senior team, Boyd has made 15 apperances for the U20s and recently made the call up for the U23s.
Jordan Allen – United States
-Recently, the U20s have shown a ton of interest towards Jordan Allen. He has been included in their roster for the U20s World Cup in New Zealand.
Joao Plata – Ecuador
-More and more, Plata is getting some love from his national team, especially after scoring twice against El Salvador. With his injury this year, it is unknown if he will be called into competitions later this year.
Luis Gil – United States
-With the U23s getting ready to start Summer Olympic qualifying, Luis Gil will be called upon to captain his team.
Elias Vasquez – Guatemala
-Due to Gold Cup starting soon, Vasquez will be relied upon to secure the Guatemala defense.
Justen Glad – United States
-Though he hasn’t made a senior level appearance, Justen Glad has been called upon plenty of times with the younger talent. Olympic qualifying or Gold Cup could be possibilities.
Alvaro Saborio – Costa Rica
-Whenever the Costa Rica team puts out a call up list, Saborio is right near the top. Saborio will be a key figure in their hopes in the Gold Cup.
Demar Phillips – Jamaica
-Demar has made 62 appearances for Jamaica. With Gold Cup coming up, he could possibly be called into service.
Nick Rimando – United States
-Rimando has been used more and more since Tim Howard’s break from the USMNT. With Gold Cup around the corner, Rimando is a player who would be a consideration.
Chris Schuler – United States
-Though Schuler has never been called up, USMNT has tried various times to call up Schuler.
Abdoulie Mansally – Gambia
-Mansally is set to join The Gambia for the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.