Carson, Calif. • The iron man run by Real Salt Lake's Ned Grabavoy came to an end Saturday. The 30-year-old midfielder started every Major League Soccer match of the first half of the 2014 season for his club 15 matches in all before being injured in the second half of RSL's June 7 3-1 loss to Portland at Rio Tinto Stadium. The hip flexor injury ended Grabavoy's regular-season start run at 18 consecutive matches dating back to 2013.
Grabavoy went through minimal training this week while the team prepped for Chivas USA Saturday in Carson, Calif., going through different strength and conditioning drills with the training staff. RSL coach Jeff Cassar said earlier this week he didn't envision Grabavoy being fit for the start of the second half of the season at the StubHub Center.
Injury-riddled for the first half of 2014, RSL will again have to rely on its depth as the veteran Grabavoy works his way back from the hip injury. The club has a quick turnaround as it hosts the New England Revolution on Friday, July 4 in Sandy.