Carson, Calif. • In the all-important first match of its two-leg series, Real Salt Lake abandoned its patented 4-4-2 formation known for the its potency with a diamond-midfield foundation and implored a different look against the L.A. Galaxy.
RSL coach Jason Kreis and staff shook things up a bit by implementing a 4-2-3-1 formation, thrusting holding midfielder Yordany Alvarez into a defensive role with captain Kyle Beckerman. The change put forward Alvaro Saborio up top in a solo striking role, with midfielders Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales and Luis Gil behind RSL's leading scorer.
It was the fourth time in 2013 RSL stepped away from its archetypal formation. The first three matches in which RSL departed from the diamond formation, their record was 3-0-0.