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By the Numbers: #RSLvVAN

0 – home losses at Rio Tinto Stadium in 15 games all-time against Canadian opponents, RSL posting a 12-0-3 mark against Toronto (8-0-0), Vancouver (3-0-3) and Montreal (1-0-0) across all competitions, outscoring the trio 32-11 … Zero is also the number of RSL home wins against the Whitecaps in 2 games in Utah last season, with Vancouver earning draws in each game to split the points …  

1 – previous starts for RSL FW Jordan Allen, the 19-year old who provided the late game-winner 3 weeks ago against Toronto FC … Two weeks ago Sunday in SJ, Allen made his first-ever MLS start a year and two weeks after seeing his 2014 season shut down after a visit to the Quakes, victim of a Shea Salinas tackle that led to microfracture surgery … Today will mark the former RSL-AZ academy player and Univ. of Virginia “one and done” man’s 8th career MLS appearance, coming just 24 hours after earning his first-ever U.S. U-20 call up by Tab Ramos for this week’s upcoming camp …

2 – rank all-time in MLS career starts for RSL GK Nick Rimando, as the netminder passed Steve Ralston with his 374th  career MLS start last week … Rimando ranks 3rd behind Ralston (378) in career games played – a milestone the RSL “homeboy” should pass soon – and trails only Kevin Hartman (416 games / 411 starts) in both categories, as well as all-time MLS minutes played (Hartman 37,260, Rimando 33,823 entering today) …

5 – defeats in last 23 road matches for RSL when Captain Kyle Beckerman and GK Nick Rimando are on the field, as the club has earned at least a point in 17 of those 22 away games …  

6 – games over .500 all-time for RSL in its 325-game MLS history, with an overall +33 goal differential, both high-water marks for the club … Since winning MLS Cup 2009, RSL is 80-44-47, outscoring opponents by 97 goals in just over 5 seasons, 252-155 …

7 – consecutive playoff berths for RSL from 2008-14 (the longest active run in MLS), during which time the club has amassed a 99-66-62 record (avg. of 1.58 points per game) … RSL also owns a league-record 5 consecutive seasons with 15+ wins and 50+ points, matching LA’s active run from 2010 to present …

9 – consecutive seasons in an RSL uniform for GK Nick Rimando, MF Kyle Beckerman & MF Javier Morales … The longest-tenured RSL men also rank 1-2 amongst Major League Soccer’s active leaders in games/starts/minutes (Rimando: 374/374/33,823; Beckerman: 358/329/29,526) … Morales has either scored or assisted on nearly 25% of the club’s all-time 441 goals scored, with the Argentine “maestro” tallying 39 goals and 68 assists, despite missing most of the 2011 season …

10 – goals scored in opening 15 minutes for RSL last year, a league-leading total …

12 – consecutive games unbeaten against Eastern Conference teams, with RSL posting a 5-0-2 home mark and a 7-0-5 overall record against the other Conference … At Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL has outscored foes 17-7 – with a 28-14 overall goal differential … The club’s last home reg. season loss to an Eastern club was July 20, 2013, a disputed 1-2 loss to Kansas City on an Ike Opara stoppage-time goal, a span of 15 games … RSL resumes its Eastern series next Saturday at New England on April 25 …

13 – consecutive games unbeaten at Rio Tinto Stadium entering tonight … Since a 1-3 loss to visiting Portland during the middle of the World Cup on June 7 of last year, RSL has outscored visitors 28-11 …

15 – number of current RSL season-ticket holders (in thousands), marking 75% of Rio Tinto Stadium capacity and joining Seattle, Portland, Toronto, Orlando and NYCFC at this juncture (Sporting KC is on the verge of the milestone)

16– wins needed by RSL GK Nick Rimando in 2015 to become Major League Soccer’s all-time leader in that category, overtaking Kevin Hartman … Rimando has 117 career shutouts, 5 more than Hartman in 43 fewer games all-time …

18 – consecutive sellouts at Rio Tinto Stadium, marking 20 of last 22 and 24 of club’s last 29 games to meet or exceed capacity, as the club returns to Utah today forits lone April home match against league-leading Vancouver …

19 – returning players in Jeff Cassar’s locker room from last season, despite the departures of Borchers / Wingert / Grabavoy … 7 of tonight’s starting XI are familiar faces, with only Mulholland (27), Garcia (24), Allen (2) and Phillips (2) with fewer than 50 career starts for RSL …

21 – age for 6-year veteran wunderkind MF Luis Gil, now wearing the #10 shirt this season for RSL … Gil wears the Captain’s armband this year for the U.S. U-23 side as it seeks qualification later this year for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics … Gil – who had 3 assists in this month’s 5-2 U.S. U-23 win over Bosnia – has 10 goals and 8 assists, with 75 starts in 113 RSL games played since 2010 …

29 – number of fouls suffered a year ago by RSL DF Jamison Olave without opponent earning a yellow card, more than any other player

41 – wins when FW Alvaro Saborio scores in all competitions for RSL, the club recording a 41-6-13 mark all time when the Costa Rican international finds the back of the net …  RSL is only 22-32-24 when he plays and doesn’t score, but is 25-12-8 when he is unavailable due to suspension, injury or national team duty

56 – points earned by boss Jeff Cassar in his first season at the helm, with a 15-8-11 record … Cassar and his RSL club got out of the gates a year ago with a league-record-tying 12 games unbeaten (6-0-6), the best mark since 1996 for a rookie head coach …

105 – Veteran RSL DF Tony Beltran has earned the start in 105 of the club’s last 123 games (entering today) on the right side of the back four ... The RSL “Iron Man” – part of a 3-man outside back rotation with Chris Wingert and Robbie Russell prior to RSL’s trade of Russell to D.C. United prior to the 2012 season – has remained injury-free and playing at a high level, usually seeing days off only in exhibition or Open Cup play, or sometimes succumbing to a rotation during 3-game weeks ...

122 – players to have taken the field in MLS play for Real Salt Lake in last 11 seasons, now that 22-year old centerback Elias Vasquez, the former captain of the Guatemalan U-20 team and now sitting on 24 appearances for his nation’s full side, made his RSL/MLS debut last week, going a full 90 and helping RSL post a shutout at Kansas City …