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Soccer: Real Salt Lake’s young players grow up fast

Real Salt Lake’s youth movement ‘ahead of schedule.’

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"Now we’re going to face juggernaut after juggernaut," Lagerwey said.

RSL was better in June than it was in March, the GM said, and he believes that the team could be better in September than now.

At a glance

Philadelphia Union at Real Salt Lake

At Rio Tinto Stadium

Kickoff »  Wednesday, 8 p.m.

TV » CW30

Records » RSL 10-5-3 (33 points); Union 7-5-5 (26 points)

About Real Salt Lake » RSL sits in first place in Major League Soccer after a perfect June. ... Real has scored 27 goals, good for second most in the league. ... Usual starters Alvaro Saborio, Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman and Tony Beltran will all be missing due to international duty. ... Salt Lake should see the return of midfielder Luis Gil, who is coming back from the U-20 World Cup in Turkey. ... Goalkeeper Josh Saunders, the likely starter in net, helped the Los Angeles Galaxy to the last two MLS championships.

About the Union » Forward Jack McInerney is one of the league’s best scorers, but he won’t be available for action after being named to the United States’ Gold Cup roster. ... Has never won at Rio Tinto Stadium, last falling to RSL 2-1 on Sept. 3, 2011. ... Former Colorado Rapid Conor Casey has five goals on the year for the Union. ... After returning to Philadelphia this year following a stint in New York, Sebastian Le Toux has scored two goals and leads the team with seven assists.

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"But I think we need to be very cautious when looking forward," he said. "We haven’t proven anything or accomplished anything. There’s no prize for being first place in June."


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