Columbus, Ohio • Facing a quick turnaround with a shorthanded roster, Jeff Cassar opted to change Real Salt Lake's formation for the first time all season.
In RSL's lone meeting with the Crew this season, Cassar went away from the popular diamond midfield in favor of a 4-2-3-1 formation. Former Crew midfielder Cole Grossman started alongside John Stertzer as the two defensive midfielders with Olmes Garcia starting as the lone forward. Forward Joao Plata made the trip to Columbus but was not in the game-day 18.
Last season, RSL was 3-0-0 in regular-season games when it diverted from the diamond midfield before suffering a 1-0 road loss to Los Angeles in the playoffs.