Sandy • Figuring out the perfect starting lineup for a championship match has to be difficult. But what could be even more pressing is figuring out which seven players will be coated warmly on the bench in Saturday's MLS Cup final at Sporting Park.
Real Salt Lake, essentially at full strength aside from the typical knocks from 12 months of soccer, has decisions to make, decisions that fall on coach Jason Kreis and his coaching staff. Having varying styles of players to choose for a final is a welcomed problem, no doubt, but doesn't make the process any easier.
"It's extremely competitive to get in the 18, where from my point of view whether or not you're in the 18 or starting or on the bench or not involved at all in the game, everybody's extremely important," Kreis said. "I hope we've done a good-enough job of conveying that to all the players, because for me, regardless of whether or not they're in the 18 or the starting lineup or in the stands, they've all made huge contributions to this group this year."