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RSL: Time for a showdown in the Champions League
RSL » Team receives a salary-budget bonus if it reaches the knockout round.


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The league provides the bonus to support teams advancing in Champions League since many need the financial help to retain the players who helped them qualify for the knockout rounds.

Without the bonus, Lagerwey told The Tribune last month that RSL likely will make some changes.

At a glance

Real Salt Lake vs. Herediano

At Rio TintoStadium

Kickoff » 8 p.m.

TV » Fox Soccer Channel

Radio » 700 AM, 1600 AM, 102.3 FM

Records » Real Salt Lake 2-1; Herediano 3-0

Last meeting » Herediano, 1-0 (July 31)

About RSL » Overall, they are 6-1-2 in their last nine games and have outscored the opponents 12-3. ... Forward Alvaro Saborio has scored two of their three goals in the Champions League, but he won’t play because of yellow card accumulation.

About Herediano » Midfielder Elias Aguilar scored the only goal in the 14th minute of their 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on July 31. ... They played with a one-man advantage over the final 32 minutes after a controversial red card on Real’s Nat Borchers.

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"I like to say if the team is successful and advances in Champions League, we have a big incentive to keep them together," Lagerwey said. "And conversely, by succeeding in Champions League, we get more money, which allows us to keep the team together."

The bottom line?

"Everybody knows we have to win," forward Fabian Espindola said.




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