Houston • Sunday’s game is likely to be the last in Claret-and-Cobalt before the World Cup for three of Real Salt Lake’s best as the teams stands to lose Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Alvaro Saborio to international duty after a Mother’s Day clash with the Houston Dynamo.
Rimando, who is one short of tying Kevin Hartman’s all-time Major League Soccer shutout record of 112, and Beckerman are favorites of U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Saborio, Costa Rica’s leading scorer with 36 goals, will surely follow his teammates on international duty.
All three are sure-fire bets to be included in their respective World Cup camp rosters. Both rosters are due out this week and are expected to convene before RSL hosts the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
Schuler out, Gil recuperating
RSL’s defense was without Chris Schuler on Sunday as a bone bruise kept him from making the trip to Texas. He was replaced by Aaron Maund.
Schuler’s starts have been a sign of success since taking over in 2013. In Schuler’s 21 starts in MLS play, RSL has allowed just 19 goals. By contrast, in 18 games without him, the team has allowed 26 goals.
Injured 20-year-old midfielder Luis Gil didn’t play Sunday, although before the game, the club had considered his return a possibility. Gil’s hamstring injury has kept him off the field since he played 55 minutes in a scoreless draw with Sporting Kansas City on April 5.
Dalglish and Waibel return to Houston
RSL assistant coaches Paul Dalglish and Craig Waibel have strong ties to Houston, where the pair enjoyed the club’s early success.
Waibel was a starter at right back on back-to-back MLS Cup winning teams in 2006 and 2007 and was with the club until he retired in 2010. His likeness is one of eight "pillars" of past players that hangs at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Dalglish spent 2006 and most of 2007 with the Dynamo and was a substitute in the club’s first title game. Both returned in December to play in a testimonial match for Dynamo and U.S. men’s national team forward Brian Ching.
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