Sandy • Real Salt Lake's rut, conceivably, should stop soon.
The World Cup is over and done with at least for those rooting for the Americans. The U.S. Open Cup loss will reverberate for a while, a missed opportunity that RSL so desperately desired for a shot at redemption. The recent schedule tightened on Real Salt Lake and presented a harsh dose of reality. But if the team's aspirations are indeed another deep playoff run in Major League Soccer and hopefully hoisting the MLS Cup trophy, the well of points that suddenly ran bone-dry the last five weeks must run fresh once again.
Four of the next five matches are inside the friendly confines of Rio Tinto Stadium. Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando are on their way back to Salt Lake City, having helped the United States men's national team reach the Round of 16. With RSL earning just two points in its last five league matches, the rest of the West and the East, for that matter has caught up to Salt Lake's sizzling start. There are currently five teams in MLS with 25 points through 16 matches, all of whom sit 10 points behind league-leading Seattle.