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Preview & Notes - RSL v. HOU



Old Western Rivals Face First Intra-conference Meeting during 7:00 p.m. MT Kickoff, presented by U.S. Bank;

TV/Radio/Online Information for How to Follow Saturday’s Showdown;

MLS Game Guide for RSL v. Dynamo Now Available Online


SANDY, Utah (Friday, May 13, 2011)Real Salt Lake (5-1-0, 15 pts. – 2nd in West) will continue a stretch of four out of five games at its Rio Tinto Stadium fortress tomorrow, Saturday, May 14, when the Houston Dynamo (3-3-3, 12 pts. – 4th in East) will make their lone visit of the 2011 season to the Wasatch Front. The 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff will be part of U.S. Bank Kids Day in Sandy, with the first 1,000 children through the gates receiving a free RSL Rally Towel, courtesy of U.S. Bank.

Tickets for Saturday’s contest remain available and can be purchased online at, over the phone at 801-727-2700 or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office on Friday until 6:00 p.m. MT and on gameday beginning at 9:00 a.m.


Despite holding just a 3-7-4 overall mark against Houston, Real Salt Lake has controlled the series in Utah, going 3-1-3 against the Dynamo at home. Real Salt Lake’s comprehensive 3-1 win over Houston at Rio Tinto Stadium last May 13 broke an eight-match winless streak against the Dynamo, with RSL’s previous win in the series coming all the way back on Aug. 4, 2007 (1-0 W at Rice-Eccles Stadium). In last May’s meeting it was FW Robbie Findley’s 3rd minute goal that set the tone for the home side, while FW Álvaro Saborío followed with goals in the 24th and 60th minutes to give RSL a sizable advantage and the Costa Rican international his first of three braces in MLS play.


How to Follow Real Salt Lake v. Houston Dynamo

  • TV: FOX Soccer Comcast 401 / DIRECTV 619 / DishNet 149
  • Radio: ESPN 700 & (English) (pre-game coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. MT), ESPN Deportes 1600-AM & Juan 106.1-FM (Spanish)
  • Online:  Live updates via Official RSL Twitter Feed (@RealSaltLake) and MLS MatchCenter live stats monitor on


MLS Game Guide for RSL v. Dynamo Now Available Online

Following is the Issuu online document reader and link to the Adobe PDF file for the MLS Game Guide (Game Notes) in advance of Saturday’s inter-conference clash between Real Salt Lake and the Houston Dynamo at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. If you have any problems obtaining the document, would prefer to receive the document as attachment, or are seeking more information on the match, please contact John Koluder in the RSL Communications Department via email at

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(PDF link) MLS Game Guide – RSL v. Houston Dynamo – Saturday, May 14


RSL “Game Note” of the Match: All-time Results without Javier Morales 

Since the talismanic Argentine Javier Morales arrived on the Wasatch Front, RSL has played 27 MLS regular season / playoff, CCL or Open Cup games without its playmaker, posting an 11-8-8 overall mark … Head Coach Jason Kreis‟ team has gone 8-7-6 in MLS reg. season play, 0-0-1 Playoff, 3-0-0 in CONCACAF and 0-1-1 in Open Cup sans Javi … Since the beginning of the 2009 season, that record is 9-5-6, including a surprising ability to score 2+ goals in 10 of those 20 games without Javier … The breakdown:


DATE               OPP.                          RESULT

09/19/2007        Los Angeles               T 2-2

09/22/2007        Colorado                    W 1-0

09/29/2007        at New York              T 2-2

10/06/2007        Chivas USA               L 2-3

10/15/2007        Houston                     L 0-1

10/20/2007        at Colorado                W 1-0 (2-2-2 overall)


05/15/2008        at Colorado                L 0-2 (0-1-0 overall)


04/28/2009        at Seattle                   L 1-4* USOC

05/06/2009        Los Angeles               T 2-2

06/06/2009        Colorado                    T 1-1

08/26/2009        Chivas USA               W 4-0

08/29/2009        at Kansas City           W 1-0

09/12/2009        Chicago                     T 1-1

09/19/2009        at Houston                 L 2-3

09/26/2009        at FC Dallas               L 0-3 (2-3-3 overall)


04/14/2010        at San Jose               T 3-3* USOC

04/17/2010        at Los Angeles           L 1-2

04/24/2010        at Columbus              L 0-1

05/01/2010        Toronto FC                W 2-1

05/08/2010        Philadelphia               W 3-0

09/15/2010        Toronto FC                W 4-1^ CCL

09/18/2010        Chicago                     W 1-0

09/22/2010        at Arabe Unido          W 3-2^ CCL

09/25/2010        Colorado                    T 1-1

10/19/2010        Cruz Azul                   W 3-1^ CCL

11/06/2010        FC Dallas                   T 1-1& Playoff (6-2-3 overall)

04/09/2011        at New England         W 2-0 (1-0-0 overall) / /