"I don't know if they're our rival or not our rival, I just know it's a very, very good team," said head coach Jason Kreis, whose team went 2-1 against the Galaxy last season. "It's the cream of the crop in our league, and it has been really since the inception. So, it's the measuring stick for our league, no doubt about it."
This is the first time the Galaxy have come to Rio Tinto Stadium without David Beckham, who retired before the start of the season. But, with Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Mike Magee leading the way, the Galaxy are off to a 3-1-2 start.
"I don't think they are better or worse than they were last year," said midfielder Javier Morales. "They have almost the same players as last year, so it's going to be tough tomorrow. We have to play our best soccer, and if we do that, we're going to win."
Whenever the Galaxy come to Utah, it's a big deal. With the second highest payroll in MLS, the Galaxy have become one of the most hated teams in the league, especially in RSL country.
"It's the little engine that could in Salt Lake against the big glamor boys from L.A.," said general manager Garth Largerway. "It's the idea that we go to work for a living, and these guys kind of walk on clouds and buy fancy sneakers, show up and expect to win a soccer game.
"It's Salt Lake against L.A. It's the Jazz against the Lakers, it's been here forever and it's always going to be a big game. It's always a game our guys are going to get up for, and when you're playing a team that outspends you 5 to 1, it's nice to go after them."
RSL will go after the Galaxy at 7:00 Saturday night. The game will be televised in HD on CW30.