Sandy • Thin is the apt description up top at the moment for Real Salt Lake. Already minus star forward Alvaro Saborio, off vying for a spot on Costa Rica's 23-man World Cup squad, RSL's depth will be put to the test this weekend. Joao Plata left Saturday's match against FC Dallas after reaggravating his left hamstring. His dynamic playmaking ability and speed will likely not be part of the equation this weekend when RSL visits league-leading Seattle.
"It's not as bad as we thought," RSL coach Jeff Cassar said of Plata's injury. "I'm sure everything is day-to-day with him in seeing how we're doing. We want to make sure this doesn't happen again, so we're going to do what's best for Joao."
Plata pulled up lame Saturday as he did in RSL's home opener on March 22, which became a hamstring issue that forced him to miss the next three games. With the absence of their two starting forwards, Devon Sandoval picked up a knock against FC Dallas, Cassar said. Throw in Robbie Findley, who made his 2014 debut Saturday after offseason knee surgery, and the lone totally healthy forward is Olmes Garcia. Sandoval, Findley and Garcia have yet to tally a goal in 2014.