Harrison, N.J. • Real Salt Lake may be as deep a team as there is in MLS, but Saturday's 4-3 loss to the New York Red Bulls proved just how much they need their starters back.
Missing half a dozen regulars due to a combination of international duty, injury and a suspension, Real Salt Lake struggled for much of a 4-3 loss to New York at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night. The Red Bulls jumped out in front early and were the more dangerous side for much of the match, but a hat-trick performance from Alvaro Saborio managed to give RSL a late 3-2 lead they would relinquish in the dying moments.
"It will be huge," said Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis of the benefit of getting players back once the CONCACAF Gold Cup ends on Sunday. "It will be huge to get [Nick] Rimando, [Kyle] Beckerman and [Tony] Beltran back. To get our whole group back together should be a big, emotional uplift for the team."