Sandy • Real Salt Lake's season-finale against Portland on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium is crucial.
RSL would earn the third seed in the Western Conference with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS playoffs. A loss and a Dallas win would mean the team would need to play a wild card play-in game and a trip to the Eastern Conference. RSL holds the tie-breaker should it and Dallas finish with the equal number of points.
"Last year, going into last game of season, it was almost a nothing game," Kreis told The Tribune's Marty Renzhofer. "The Rocky Mountain Cup was at stake. It was an away game in Colorado and we played really, really poorly. When we play that way we most of the time lose. We went into the playoffs with no confidence and no flow. I want this game to be extremely meaningful."
Despite having one of the best records in Major League Soccer in 2010, RSL, defending its 2009 title, was a playoff washout.
RSL has not won in its last five games, though it did win a point last Friday at Colorado with a scoreless tie.
Tickets for the game cost $25 to $125 when purchased at the gate. For more information, visit http://www.realsaltlake.com.