Preview: Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo

SANDY, Utah (Friday, July 17, 2015) – Real Salt Lake returns to Major League Soccer regular-season action at home Saturday, welcoming Western Conference opponent Houston Dynamo to Rio Tinto Stadium for an 8:00 p.m. MT kickoff. Pregame for the critical match airs live on ESPN700 AM at 7:00 p.m. MT, with regional TV coverage via KMYU and American Sports Network kicking off at 7:30 p.m. MT in Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona, with David James and Brian Dunseth on the call.

Earlier this week, RSL continued on its 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup path with a 1-0 Quarterfinal win over the MLS Galaxy, as GK Jeff Attinella and the RSL defense shut out Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and LA, while DF Aaron Maund headed home a Luke Mulholland offering for his first-ever professional goal in the 87th minute to advance RSL. Houston and Kansas City – RSL’s next two league opponents – square off on Tuesday July 21 in the Open Cup, with the winner hosting the Claret-and-Cobalt in the August 11 Semifinal of the 102-year old tourney.

After such international luminaries as David Villa (Spain, NYCFC), Kaka (Brazil, Orlando City) and Steven Gerrard (England, LA Galaxy) have visited Utah in recent months, the possibility exists that Mexican forward Cubo Torres could play his first game with Houston Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

How to Follow Real Salt Lake v. Houston Dynamo

•   Coverage Begins: 7:30 p.m. MT

•   TV: KMYU – David James & Brian Dunseth

•   English Radio: ESPN700 AM (7:00 p.m. MT) – Bill Riley & Brian Kamler

•   Spanish Radio: 102.3 La Gran D FM / 1600 AM – Nelson Moran & Fernando Hortal

•   Online: The @RealSaltLake Twitter feed provides updates

RSL is 6-1-6 across all competitions so far this season at its Sandy venue, including a trio of home wins in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Since the beginning of 2008, RSL boasts a 92-19-39 mark in its last 150 home games (all comps) in that span, during which it has outscored opponents by 161 goals (271/110), with a 73-14-36 reg. season mark (221/90), 6-1-1 CCL record (17/5), 5-2-2 playoffs (11/4) and an 8-2-0 in the Open Cup (21/10).

Game Guide for Saturday’s RSL v. HOU Matchup Now Available Online

Following is the link to the Adobe PDF version of the MLS Game Guide in advance of Saturday’s contest between Real Salt Lake and the Houston Dynamo.

Click here to download the PDF version of the MLS Game Guide for Saturday’s RSL v Houston matchup

RSL made its deepest run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup back in 2013, winning a series of coin flips and advancing to host the 100th Final in tourney history, dropping an 0-1 decision at home to D.C. United, missing out on a CONCACAF Champions League berth. Later that season, RSL lost a penalty-kick shootout in MLS Cup 2013, becoming the only team out of 11 all-time to have advanced to both the USOC and MLS Cup Finals, but winning neither.