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RSL returns home Saturday to face lowly Toronto FC

Published April 27, 2012 10:45 am

Soccer • Real Salt Lake will take on the worst team in Major League Soccer.
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Real Salt Lake comes off a tough three-game road trip to face the worst team in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

RSL rallied to tie Dallas on Wednesday night after losing two in a row. Following a tough 1-0 loss to league-leading Kansas City, the Utah team suffered a controversial 3-1 loss in San Jose on Saturday after two players — Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave — were red-carded.

(Although the first red card looked legitimate, replays rather clearly showed the second was an officiating error.)

After serving their suspensions on Wednesday, Espindola and Olave will both be available to play on Saturday.

As bad as things have gone for RSL lately, they've been far worse for Toronto. The team is winless, and after losing to Chicago on Saturday, Toronto's chief operating officer said, "They have to get this straightened out. Our fans deserve better."

If RSL prevails on Saturday, Toronto will tie the all-time MLS record for season-opening futility at 0-7-0. —

MLS: Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC

When • Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m.

Where • Rio Tinto Stadium, 9256 S. State St., Sandy

Tickets • $18-$100, available at the box office, by calling 801-727-2700; or at RealSaltLake.com or RioTintoStadium.com