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Jul 25, 2021 at 3am UK at Rio Tinto Stadium
Salt LakeReal Salt Lake
3-0
ColoradoColorado Rapids
Yarbrough (14' og.), Wood (30'), Rubin (76')
Morgan (61'), Kreilach (88')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Wilson (23'), Shinyashiki (45+2'), Abubakar (65')

Preview: Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

An out-of-form Real Salt Lake side welcome Colorado Rapids to the Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday looking to move back into the playoff places.

On the other hand, the away side set out to strengthen their position in the upper echelons of the standings and could move into second place with all three points in this one.


Match preview

Colorado Rapids head coach Robin Fraser reacts on June 24, 2021© Reuters

Colorado Rapids returned to winning ways on home turf courtesy of a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Thursday.

The game was level heading into the interval before it came alive within the first 10 minutes of the restart, when Lalas Abubakar and Michael Barrios both got on the scoresheet.

Robin Fraser's men have climbed into fourth place following their most recent triumph, five points off top spot with a game in hand on all three teams currently above them.

Awaiting the Rapids next is a fixture where they have underperformed more often than not, having lost 12 of the last 15 editions.

However, Sunday's visitors came out on top in a 5-0 rout the last time they were in town to face the hosts, back in September 2020.

Real Salt Lake head coach Freddy Juarez, directs his team during the first half against the New York Red Bulls at Rio Tinto Stadium pictured in March 2020© Reuters

Real Salt Lake were left kicking themselves after they surrendered a two-goal advantage in a 2-2 draw versus Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday.

Albert Rusnak and Maikel Chang put Freddy Juarez's men on course for all three points, but strikes in either half from Victor Vazquez and Rayan Raveloson ensured a share of the spoils.

Juarez's men were usurped by Minnesota United into seventh spot in the Western Conference following those dropped points, and the Claret and Cobalt go in search of an immediate response.

Having failed to make the post-season in the last campaign, Sunday's hosts will be keen to avoid being left behind in the race to secure a playoff berth this time around.

Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D

Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W



Team News

Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach reacts after his first half goal May 30, 2021© Reuters

Damir Kreilach has been in inspiring form for the home side all season long, directly contributing to 10 goals in his 13 outings this term.

The Croatian midfielder was on target in the last meeting between Sunday's opponents, where he coolly converted from 12 yards to double his side's lead on the stroke of half time before he added the icing on the cake in the 77th minute.

Nineteen-year-old Zackery Farnsworth is currently sidelined with a leg injury and still awaits his first appearance of the season.

Colorado will have to make do with the absence of Jonathan Lewis and Sam Vines, as the American duo are on duty with the national team.

Younes Namli continues his spell on the sidelines after he was hauled off with a broken ankle four games into the campaign in a victory over Houston Dynamo.

Real Salt Lake possible starting lineup:
Ochoa; Toia, Silva, Glad, Herrera; Chang, Luiz, Ruiz, Rusnak; Kreilach, Rubin

Colorado Rapids possible starting lineup:
Yarbrough; Trusty, Wilson, Abubakar, Rosenberry; Shinyashiki, Price, Bassett; Rubio, Galvan, Barrios


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We say: Real Salt Lake 2-1 Colorado Rapids

The visitors are the more in-form side coming into this one, but the home side have a significant historical advantage. We expect a close and end-to-end affair, with Real Salt Lake just edging it by a narrow margin in the end.



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