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RSL Match Preview & Notes - Saturday, April 21 at San Jose Earthquakes


ABC4’s Pre-game Coverage Starts at 8:00 p.m. in Advance of Western Conference Brawl at Buck Shaw Stadium


SANDY, Utah (Friday, April 20, 2012) – The road gets no easier for Real Salt Lake (5-2-0, 15 pts.; 1st in West) on Saturday, when the Claret-and-Cobalt will try keep their early advantage in the Western Conference race when they head to the Bay Area to face the second-place San Jose Earthquakes (4-1-1, 13 pts.; 2nd in West). Tomorrow’s contest will mark the middle of a tough three-game road trip for the Utah side that began at league-leading Sporting KC last weekend (0-1 loss) and will conclude on Wednesday with a clash against another Western Conference contender, FC Dallas.

Saturday’s kickoff from Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., is set for 8:30 p.m. MT, with television coverage of the “Best in the West” showdown on ABC4 preceded by a 30-minute pregame show beginning at 8:00 p.m. Fans will also be able to listen to the action live via the team’s official radio partners: ESPN 700/ and La Gran D 102.3 FM.


How to Follow Real Salt Lake @ San Jose Earthquakes


MLS Game Guide for Saturday’s RSL-Earthquakes Showdown Now Available Online

Following is the link to the Adobe PDF file of the Major League Soccer Game Guide (media notes) in advance of Saturday’s clash of Western Conference powers between Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. If you have any problems obtaining the document, would prefer to receive the document as an attachment, or are seeking more information on the match, please contact John Koluder in the RSL Communications Department via email at

Click here to download the PDF version of the MLS Game Guide


RSL History v. ‘Quakes

Real Salt Lake has had San Jose’s number since the ‘Quakes returned to the league in 2008, its 5-3-5 series advantage punctuated by a 3-1-0 all-time mark at Buck Shaw Stadium (3-2-1 on the road overall vs. SJ). RSL has started each of the last two seasons with wins on the campus of Santa Clara University, the Utah side using a Kyle Beckerman goal and a heroic effort by goalkeeper Nick Rimando in monsoon-like conditions to post a 1-0 triumph during its most recent visit last March 19. RSL had an easier time of things in last year’s home leg on July 23, riding an Álvaro Saborío brace to a 4-0 win, with all four tallies in the annual Pioneer Day celebration game coming past the halftime break. / /