RSL hopes to snap first 2-game losing streak

RSL hopes to snap first 2-game losing streak

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Real Salt Lake heads to Colorado on its first 2-game losing streak of the season.
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - It was bound happen. Real Salt Lake was bound to lose two games in a row, but it is amazing that it took 22 games into the season for that to happen.

"I'd rather have it happen now than closer to the playoffs, or in the playoffs," said midfielder Sebastian Velasquez.

The two losses have both come in heartbreaking fashion. On July 20th, RSL gave up a goal to Sporting Kansas City on the last play of the match, a play that probably shouldn't have even been allowed by the referee. 

Then last week at New York, after erasing a 2-0 deficit, RSL again gave up two late goals with the winner once again coming in stoppage time. But the team is looking at the positives from each loss.

"I think I would feel differently if I told you that we played really poorly in those two matches and lost," said head coach Jason Kreis. "But we played really well and did so many great things in those matches, I think it puts us in a little bit better place than if we played two poor matches."

"They're definitely hard to take in, but I think we're still focused on our game and what we're doing," said midfielder Luis Gil. "We just haven't been closing it out, so hopefully we don't make it three in a row."

"We dominate the game, we're scoring goals, we're playing beautiful soccer, but the last couple minutes have let us down," said Velasquez.

"I think it just comes down to focus and concentration," said forward Robbie Findley. "We'll be fine, it's just those little details that we have to take care of."

Help is on the way for Real. Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Tony Beltran all return from playing with the U.S. Men's National Team. While Beltran won't play Saturday at Colorado because of a red card suspension, Beckerman and Rimando should see action.

"We have to talk to them and see," said Kreis. "But if they both feel pretty good, I'm inclined to think that I'd give them a run."

While RSL knows it's no time to panic, they do feel the urgency to turn things around Saturday night. The Rapids trail RSL by just three points in the Western Conference. Plus, if Real wants to retain the Rocky Mountain Cup for a 7th straight year, they have to come away with the victory.

"We know how much it means to the fans," said Findley. "We know how much they support us, so we take it to heart."

"It's very important to us," added Velasquez. "Especially for our fans, so we want to keep the trophy for them."

Real Salt Lake and Colorado will play Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. on ABC-4 Utah.
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