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Jun 26, 2022 at 3am UK at Rio Tinto Stadium
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Columbus Crew

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Preview: Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew - prediction, team news, lineups

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

Real Salt Lake will aim to strengthen their position at the top end of the Major League Soccer Western Conference standings on Sunday, when they welcome Columbus Crew to the Rio Tinto Stadium.

A win last time out saw the hosts move within two points of division leaders Los Angeles FC, while their visitors have work to do if they are to break into the Eastern Conference playoff places.


Match preview

Real Salt Lake head coach Pablo Mastroeni during the second half against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 3, 2022© Reuters

After a positive start to the campaign was followed by a tricky run, in which they went five games without a victory, Real Salt Lake appear to have rediscovered their form in MLS.

Pablo Mastroeni's side arrested that slump by winning four of their next five outings, firstly beating Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 before bouncing back from a defeat to Nashville SC with consecutive triumphs over Austin FC, CF Montreal and Houston Dynamo.

RSL were then beaten by Vancouver Whitecaps but instantly bounced back with a 2-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes last weekend, as Marcelo Silva and Jefferson Savarino got on the scoresheet in a 2-0 victory.

That result saw Mastroeni's men strengthen their position in second spot in the Conference and move within two points of leaders Los Angeles FC, and they will now aim to further boost their pursuit of the top spot with another win at the weekend.

Columbus Crew midfielder Darlington Nagbe (6) celebrates his goal with teammates during the second half against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on March 20, 2022© Reuters

Columbus Crew, meanwhile, will make the trip to Utah looking to correct their form with what would be an impressive victory on the road.

Caleb Porter's side made a positive start to the league campaign with two wins and two draws from their opening four games, but they quickly hit a tougher patch as the next eight outings produced just six points.

The Crew were finally able to arrest their slump at the end of May, beating Atlanta United 2-1 away from home thanks to goals from Jonathan Mensah and Erik Hurtado, before hosting Charlotte FC last time out.

Hurtado gave them the lead late in the first half of that game, but Andre Shinyashiki scored a leveller quickly after the interval to force Porter's men to settle for a share of the spoils.

That result meant Columbus Crew failed to climb any further up their Conference, and, now sitting 11th and three points off the playoff places, they will be keen to make a return to winning ways on Sunday.

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

Columbus Crew Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • D


Team News

Real Salt Lake midfielder Pablo Ruiz (6) celebrates his penalty kick with forward Tate Schmitt (21) in the first half against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 3, 2022© Reuters

Mastroeni could be tempted to deploy an unchanged Real Salt Lake starting XI after their win last time out, although he will have the option of bringing Aaron Herrera back into the defence after he served a suspension last time out.

Meanwhile, the centre-back pairing of Justen Glad and Marcelo Silva is bound to be untouched in front of goalkeeper Zac MacMath.

Bobby Wood and Sergio Cordova should again form the strike partnership, while dangerous winger Jefferson Savarino opened his account for the club in his third appearance following a switch from Atletico Mineiro.

Columbus Crew will likely remain without key man Lucas Zelarayan, who has been sidelined by an injury after scoring four goals in his first 11 league appearances of the season.

In his absence, attacking responsibility will again fall of Erik Hurtado, who has already found the net three times in five MLS appearances for the Crew, including in back-to-back games heading into the weekend.

Captain and important defender Jonathan Mensah was absent from the squad for the game against Charlotte FC, and he could remain on the sidelines for Sunday's contest.

Real Salt Lake possible starting lineup:
MacMath; Brody, Glad, Silva, Schmitt; Savarino, Loffelsend, Caldwell, Meram; Wood, Cordova

Columbus Crew possible starting lineup:
Room; Anibaba, Williams, Degenek; Moreira, Nagbe, Morris, Igbekeme, Etienne; Hurtado, Berry


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We say: Real Salt Lake 2-1 Columbus Crew

On the back of a convincing victory last time out, we see this Real Salt Lake side going from strength to strength and building with another victory on Sunday, particularly with home advantage.

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Real Salt Lake head coach Pablo Mastroeni during the second half against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 3, 2022
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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New York City FCNY City1483326111527
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls167542617926
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia156812011926
4CF MontrealMontreal168263028226
5Orlando City177462023-325
6New England RevolutionNew England166552726123
7FC CincinnatiCincinnati167272326-323
8Inter MiamiInter Miami166371725-821
9Charlotte FCCharlotte FC176291721-420
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta155462322119
11Columbus Crew154651817118
12Toronto165382330-718
13Chicago Fire163581422-814
14DC United154291827-914

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New York City FCNY City1483326111527
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls167542617926
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia156812011926
4CF MontrealMontreal168263028226
5Orlando City177462023-325
6New England RevolutionNew England166552726123
7FC CincinnatiCincinnati167272326-323
8Inter MiamiInter Miami166371725-821
9Charlotte FCCharlotte FC176291721-420
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta155462322119
11Columbus Crew154651817118
12Toronto165382330-718
13Chicago Fire163581422-814
14DC United154291827-914

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