Team vs. Kansas City 0411

By the Numbers: #RSLvSKC

PREGAME FACTS AND INFO SHEET
REAL SALT LAKE v. SPORTING KANSAS CITY
SUN., JUNE 21, 2015 – 8:00 pm MT on FOX SPORTS 1 / ESPN700 & 102.3 LaGranD

1 – The first-ever RSL/Monarchs doubleheader will take place on Wednesday, July 1, at Rio Tinto Stadium, as the Monarchs’ reception of defending USL champion Sacramento serves as the 5:00 p.m. MT undercard for that night’s 8:00 p.m. MT Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match between RSL and the Portland Timbers (MLS) … That match will mark the return of former DF Nat Borchers to Sandy, with the teams already slated to meet in mid-August in league play … The RSL/Timbers winner will host the LA/SJ winner in an Open Cup quarterfinal on Tuesday, July 21 …

2 – road games in June/July, as RSL defends its Rio Tinto Stadium fortress for 8 home games in 10 total matches (8 MLS games, 2 US Open Cup) from June 7 through July 24 … With RSL’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup win Tuesday, the USOC Round of 16 sees RSL host Portland on July 1 …

3 – streak of consecutive games on the scoresheet for RSL FW Devon Sandoval, snapped May 27 in LA, as “Big Dev” notched game-winning assists on May 9 at Chicago and May 23 v NYCFC, to go along with his MLS Goal of the Week in the 1-4 loss at Montreal on May 16 … RSL is averaging 1.3 goals per 90 minutes with the third-year man out of New Mexico on the field (13 games played, 6 starts), compared to a 0.5 average when he is on the bench …  

5 – number of RSL games recently missed by RSL #SwissArmyKnife Jordan Allen, who has spent the last 4 weeks in Auckland, New Zealand, representing the USA in the FIFA Under-20 Youth World Championship … Expecting a deep run from the U.S., RSL played 4 league games (1-2-1) and this week’s Open Cup match between his post-Montreal departure and Monday’s return for the U-20 quarterfinalist …  

6 – games in next 18 days for RSL, starting this evening … RSL will charter to face New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, before hosting Columbus Crew SC next Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium … Wednesday, July 1 sees RSL host Portland in LHUSOC Round of 16 action, prior to an Independence Day visit by Kaka and Orlando City on Sat., July 4 … RSL then closes out the marathon with a Sat., July 11 visit to Denver to face the Colorado Rapids …  

7 – consecutive playoff berths for RSL from 2008-14 (the longest active run in MLS), during which time the club has averaged 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: 383/383/34,633; Beckerman: 367/338/30,352) … Morales has either scored or assisted on nearly 25% of the club’s all-time 448 goals scored, with the Argentine “maestro” tallying 40 goals and 68 assists, despite missing most of the 2011 season …

11 – the number of current RSL players potentially involved in national team call-ups this summer, as MF Jordan Allen (U.S. U-20 at FIFA Youth World Championship), DF Boyd Okwuonu (U.S. U-23s at Toulon tournament), MF Luis Gil (U.S. U-23s + full U.S. national team), GK Nick Rimando & MF Kyle Beckerman (full U.S. national team), FW Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica), DF Abdoulie Mansally (The Gambia), DF Demar Phillips (Jamaica), DF Elias Vasquez (Guatemala), DF Justen Glad (U.S. U-18s) and FW Sebastian Saucedo (U.S. U-18s) all could disappear for one or more games at a time …   

12 – combined Open Cup titles won by current RSL employees, with 11 of them on the technical staff, and just one by a player – DF Abdoulie Mansally (2007 NE Revolution) … Club President Bill Manning earned an Open Cup title with the 1991 Brooklyn Italians (USASA) as the first to accomplish the feat, while Head Coach Jeff Cassar and assistant Ted Eck each won the title in 1997 with the Dallas Burn.  Technical Director Craig Waibel won in 2001 with the LA Galaxy, while assistant Andy Williams was on the 2003 Chicago Fire side as a player, with assistant Daryl Shore a coach on the Fire championship sides in 2000, 2003 and 2006.  RSL's newest assistant coach, Tyrone Marshall, won the Open Cup on three occasions as a player – in 2005 with the LA Galaxy and in 2009 and 2010 with Seattle Sounders … Additionally, a pair of RSL broadcasters – former DF Brian Dunseth (2002 Columbus Crew) and former MF Brian Kamler (1995 Richmond Kickers) – each won Open Cup titles …

13 – club-high goal total a year ago by RSL FW Joao Plata, who made his 2015 debut in the final minute two weeks ago before playing 38 minutes in LA on May 27 and 70 minutes on the Vancouver turf May 30, prior to 90-minute performances on June 7 v Colorado and Tuesday in LHUSOC play against Sounders 2 … Plata broke the fifth metatarsal on his left foot in an indoor turf non-contact incident on January 29, in the club’s first preseason session … During the offseason, RSL purchased outright the contract for the 22-year old diminutive forward, making him one of the club’s three designated players …

14 – 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 now has 120 career shutouts, 8 more than Hartman in 36 fewer games all-time …

22 – players to have started a game for RSL this year in the club’s first 15 MLS games this season, as DF Justen Glad made his first XI debut May 30 in Vancouver … RSL boss Jeff Cassar has given 25 players league minutes this year, meaning everyone on the roster except GK Lalo Fernandez, DF Phanuel Kavita & DF Boyd Okwuonu have seen MLS time … Okwuonu – who impressed by starting in 4 of 5 U.S. U-23 games at Toulon in recent weeks – got the starting nod in Tuesday’s 2-1 Open Cup win over S2, while Kavita also made his RSL debut, playing the final 61 minutes after Glad’s precautionary removal (dizziness) …

26 – all-time PK denials by RSL GK Nick Rimando, who went 3-for-5 against opponents in his last six games – denying Rapids MF Dillon Powers on June 7 to preserve a home point … Opposing PK takers have seen their conversion rates now drop to 43-for-70 against Rimando all-time, including 22-for-40 with Nick in an RSL uniform … Amazingly, Rimando has stopped 9 of the last 13 PKs faced and 11 of the last 17 … #WalloftheWasatch indeed …

43 – wins when FW Alvaro Saborio scores in all competitions for RSL, the club recording a 43-6-13 mark all-time when the Costa Rican international finds the back of the net …  RSL is only 22-37-26 when he plays and doesn’t score, but is 25-12-8 when he is unavailable due to suspension, injury or national team duty …

58 – number of players in RSL’s 11-year, 124-player history to have scored at least one goal for the Claret-and-Cobalt, now that third-year MF John Stertzer found the back of the net in the last home match with the game-winner at home vs. NYCFC on May 23 … Can FW Sebastian Jaime make it 59 with his first today?

101 – wins in his 8-year RSL career for GK Nick Rimando, with nearly 80% of the club’s all-time 124 victories …

368 – career MLS appearances for RSL MF Kyle Beckerman after today, allowing him to surpass former teammate Jeff Cunningham into sole possession of 4th place all-time, only 11 games away from becoming Major League Soccer’s all-time games played leader amongst field players … Beckerman trails Steve Ralston, Nick Rimando and Kevin Hartman in that category, while placing fifth in starts (339, two behind GK Joe Cannon and 33 behind Ralston) and minutes played at 30,328 (403 behind GK Joe Cannon, and 2,814 behind Ralston entering tonight) … 

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