"They beat us on our home field last time they came here," said midfielder Ned Grabavoy, who has scored three goals in the last three games. "The first 20 minutes we fell asleep a little bit, and they put away two chances and ended the game early."
"They came in here with kind of a B-squad, and to beat us on our home field was pretty disappointing," said defender Chris Wingert. "So, we're going to be looking to change a couple things, try to come out with a good start and make sure we have a better performance than last time."
Since that loss, RSL has gone 4-1-1 in MLS games to climb up to sole possession of second place in the Western Conference. Despite a 5-0 loss to New England last week, the Galaxy have moved up to 4th place, trailing RSL by just four points.
But regardless of the records, whenever the Galaxy come to town, it's a big match.
"We've got a great rivalry with them," said defender Nat Borchers. "We're always two of the best teams in the Western Conference. We have different philosophies in the makeup of our teams, the way we train, and just the kind of players we have. So, it's kind of a clashing of a lot of things when we come to play L.A."
"It's always a tough game with them," added Grabavoy. "Obviously both teams have a lot of respect for each other. We've had a lot of big game in the past."
"They're certainly one of our biggest rivals," said defender Tony Beltran. "It's pretty easy to get up for a game like this, especially considering they beat us 2-0 here last time."
Real Salt lake will take on the L.A. Galaxy at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the game will be televised on ABC-4 Utah.