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San Jose, Calif. • The current state of affairs, explains Tony Beltran, speaks for itself. “Three games left, in postseason position,” said Beltran, Real Salt Lake’s right back, “so if you can’t get up for this game, then you don’t …

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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski (8), left watches as his first half goal gets past Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18). The San Jose Earthquakes led Real Salt Lake 1-0 at the half, Friday, May 1, 2015. Real Salt Lake: Another Wondolowski test awaits this weekend at San Jose
    Sandy • Before Chris Wondolowski became one of Major League Scorer’s most prolific goal-scorers, he was the same relentless striker pestering back lin...
    Updated Sep 27 2016 09:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    FC Dallas defender Norberto Paparatto (5)goes for the ball along with Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5), in MLS soccer action at Rio Tinto Stadium, Saturday, September 24, 2016. Real Salt Lake: Fourth-place RSL stuck in longest goal drought of 2016
    Sandy • It’s within those small windows, Jeff Cassar explained, that teams must seize the sudden opportunities laid in front of them. As the MLS Cup p...
    Updated Sep 30 2016 06:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Real Salt Lake defenders try to stop a free kick by FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz (10), in MLS soccer action at Rio Tinto Stadium, Saturday, September 24, 2016. Kragthorpe: RSL holds its fourth-place ground after tie with FC Dallas
    Sandy Real Salt Lake’s desperate drive to hang onto fourth place in the Western Conference is not exactly good material for a marketing campaign. Ye...
    Updated Sep 30 2016 06:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune  Real Salt Lake head coach Jeff Cassar looks to his bench during their MLS match against the Chicago Fire at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Saturday, August 6th, 2016. RSL notes: Cassar, Pareja former teammates, now coaching peers in heated playoff chase
    Sandy • They’ve been coaching peers in Major League Soccer for nearly a decade now, but Jeff Cassar readily recalls being a young goalkeeper at FC Dal...
    Updated Sep 24 2016 10:08 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran (2) goes for the ball along with FC Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios (21), in MLS soccer action at Rio Tinto Stadium, Saturday, September 24, 2016. Real Salt Lake: Offense stifled again as RSL settles for scoreless draw
    Sandy • As fans filed down the stairwell on the east side of Rio Tinto Stadium, they were bid goodnight by the stadium’s security staff. Before walkin...
    Updated Sep 30 2016 06:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune  Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan (14) quickly picks up the ball to run to midfield to reset play following his penalty kick score during their MLS match against the Montreal Impact at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT on Saturday, July 9th, 2016. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Real Salt Lake: Lineup questions hover over RSL in ‘big-time game’ vs. FC Dallas
    Sandy • For as much as he wanted to forget about last weekend’s debacle at home against the worst team in the Western Conference, Jeff Cassar reflecte...
    Updated Sep 23 2016 04:44 pm   |     |   Share
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    RSL injury updates on Plata, Movsisyan and the showdown against FC Dallas
    Sandy • With the Major League Soccer’s best team coming to town this weekend, Real Salt Lake’s attacking triple threat was whittled down to just one ...
    Updated Sep 21 2016 02:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales (11) slides into a shot on Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe (12) as Real Salt Lake hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS soccer at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Wednesday September 7, 2016. Real Salt Lake: Javier Morales to critics: ‘I’m 36. I know that.’
    Sandy • With his bright orange cleats tucked underneath his left arm, the greatest playmaker in Real Salt Lake history wanted to make some things abun...
    Updated Sep 20 2016 08:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A shot by Houston Dynamo midfielder Alex (14) gets past Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) as Real Salt Lake hosts the Houston Dynamo, Saturday September 17, 2016. Real Salt Lake: As rivals close the gap out West, RSL finds itself in a sudden late-season funk
    Sandy • Inside the quiet Real Salt Lake locker room Saturday night, one of the club’s most tested postseason veterans stewed. The league’s worst team ...
    Updated Sep 23 2016 04:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted, left, and defender David Edgar, second from left, prepare to defend against a shot by Seattle Sounders midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro (10) in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) MLS Roundup: Portland beats Philadelphia, moves into fifth in Western Conference
    Portland, Ore. • Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi scored second-half goals to give the Portland Timbers a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Satur...
    Updated Sep 17 2016 11:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Houston defenders cut off Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata (10) as Real Salt Lake hosts the Houston Dynamo, Saturday September 17, 2016. RSL notes: Waibel, Cassar pleased to see changes in expansion draft process
    Sandy • It’s been nearly two years since Jeff Cassar had to sit idly by as two of Real Salt Lake’s longest-tenured starters were suddenly snatched off...
    Updated Sep 17 2016 10:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Real Salt Lake forward Juan Martinez (7) reacts to a missed shot as Real Salt Lake hosts the Houston Dynamo, Saturday September 17, 2016. At right is Real Salt Lake midfielder Jordan Allen (70). Real Salt Lake: RSL handed first home loss of 2016 in flat 1-0 loss to Houston
    Sandy • Joao Plata waited for the buildup that could’ve possibly turn the tides of a frustrating night inside Rio Tinto Stadium. But when a pass in th...
    Updated Sep 23 2016 04:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Toronto FC forward Tsubasa Endoh (9) battles for the loose ball against Real Salt Lake midfielder Demar Phillips (17) during first half MLS soccer action in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Real Salt Lake: Finally in his comfort zone, left back Demar Phillips providing added element in RSL attack
    Sandy • Before finalizing the paperwork, Jeff Cassar and Craig Waibel studied tape of the left back they hoped would provide a needed element in the c...
    Updated Sep 16 2016 08:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, right, scores a goal on a penalty kick in the second half of a MLS soccer match against the Portland Timbers, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, in Seattle. The Sounders beat the Timbers 3-1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) MLS: Clint Dempsey returns to practice for Seattle Sounders
    Tukwila, Wash. • Clint Dempsey returned to practice for the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday after missing time due to an irregular heartbeat, although i...
    Updated Sep 14 2016 03:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    RSL will not appeal Sunny’s suspension, says GM Craig Waibel
    Five days after the MLS Disciplinary Committee suspended Real Salt Lake center back <b>Jamison Olave</b> one game, it circled back to RSL...
    Updated Sep 13 2016 04:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune  Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler (28) slide tackles Inter Milan forward Andrea Pinamonti (99) during their international friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016. Inter won on a last second goal 2-1. Real Salt Lake: Will it be Olave or Schuler down the stretch for RSL?
    Sandy • When asked about the 6-foot-4 center back he’s played alongside for the last seven seasons, Tony Beltran always circles back to the answer he’...
    Updated Sep 13 2016 07:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales (11) battles Colorado Rapids midfielder Shkelzen Gashi (11). Real Salt Lake is tied 1-1with the Colorado Rapids during their Rocky Mountain Championship Cup game at Rio Tinto Stadium Friday, August 26, 2016. Real Salt Lake: Untimely injury to Morales could provide stiff test for RSL’s attacking depth
    Portland, Ore. • Javier Morales stood behind the ball chatting with Joao Plata in a zone where both Real Salt Lake stars were certainly capable of pro...
    Updated Sep 11 2016 09:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • MLS: Toronto tops Chicago
    Bridgeview, Ill. • Jozy Altidore had a goal and an assist and Toronto FC beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday night to move into first place in the E...
    Updated Sep 10 2016 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (#8) wins the ball  during a match Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, against Real Salt Lake at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. (Molly Blue/The Oregonian via AP) RSL notes: Chris Schuler returns to RSL starting lineup for first time in 14 months
    Portland, Ore. • Four-hundred and 25 days ago, Chris Schuler walked off the Rio Tinto Stadium field in elation, having helped Real Salt Lake press on ...
    Updated Sep 10 2016 11:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (#8) wins the ball  during a match Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, against Real Salt Lake at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. (Molly Blue/The Oregonian via AP) Real Salt Lake: Portland Timbers beat RSL 1-0
    Portland, Ore. • For over five years Real Salt Lake had waltzed into Major League Soccer’s most raucous of atmospheres and managed to walk out with at...
    Updated Sep 11 2016 12:09 am   |     |   Share
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    Real Salt Lake: Olave will miss Timbers game with ‘violent conduct’ suspension
    Portland, Ore. • Real Salt Lake’s center back depth, already thinned through various injuries late in the year, is about to be tested further Saturday...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 02:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • Real Salt Lake’s Sunday Stephen Obayan (8) passes the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer game against Seattle Sounders on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Kim Raff) Real Salt Lake: Late-season dilemma for Cassar surfaces: Sunny or Mulholland?
    Portland, Ore. • No Major League Soccer club is exempt from all the bumps, bruises and breaks that unfortunately accompany every eight-month regular s...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 09:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - This Dec. 1, 2012, file photo shows Los Angeles Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, right, and Robbie Keane, of Ireland, celebrating their team’s 3-1 win as Houston Dynamo’s Tally Hall walks off the field after the MLS Cup championship soccer match in Carson, Calif. Donovan is gone for good, and Steven Gerrard won’t arrive for four months. Yet when the LA Galaxy begin their MLS Cup title defense Friday, March 6, 2015, this experienced championship team doesn’t plan to stumble between the tenures of their former and future scoring stars. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File) RSL’s reaction to Landon Donovan cutting short retirement: ‘No he did not’
    Sandy • Jordan Allen’s called Landon Donovan coach on three different occasions in the last year and change. First in New Zealand last June, when Alle...
    Updated Sep 08 2016 09:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Ema Boateng (24) knocks the ball past Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) to make the score 1-0 as Real Salt Lake hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS soccer at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Wednesday September 7, 2016. Real Salt Lake: In pursuit of high playoff seed, RSL must eliminate its slow starts
    Sandy • Jeff Cassar offered an immediate, emphatic take late Wednesday on one of Real Salt Lake’s more nail-biting, entertaining and infuriating match...
    Updated Sep 08 2016 09:25 pm   |     |   Share