Real Salt Lake trained at America Family First Field this week after spending the preseason in Arizona and California. Today, in a cold afternoon and in front of a couple of fans, family members and media they continued work leading up to Sunday’s opener in San Jose.
Nat Borchers: Played a little bit with the ball on the side lines then fitness around the field. As he was leaving a fan says, “Nat hopefully back by the home opener?” His reply, “I hope so” as he walked away to his car.
Javier Morales: Worked on fitness around the field and then left the America First Field. When asked about getting back on the pitch in real action, “Working on it, a couple more weeks and hopefully back”
The Healthy portion of RSL looked focused, dynamic and energetic even with the cold weather. On one side you had Rimando, Beltran, Schuler, Kwame, Mansally, Beckerman, Grabavoy, Stephenson, Velasquez, Saborio, Findley; on the other team you had Saunders, Palmer, Maund, Salcedo, Rich Balchan (Trialist), Alvarez, Grossman, Stertzer (Martinez), Viana, Plata, Garcia (Sandoval). Also, Fernandez and Attinella switched with Rimando and Saunders for the team exercises.
Note: Chris Wingert and Luis Gil were not present at America First Field.
Possible line up for Sunday based on observations: Rimando, Beltran, Schuler, Kwame, Mansally, Beckerman, Grabavoy, Stephenson (Gil/Velasquez), Velasquez (Gil), Saborio, and Findley.
Subs: Saunders, Maund, Alvarez, Viana, Grossman, Plata, Garcia
Thoughts for the Season
Keepin’ It Real asked two young talented players of Real Salt Lake
“What are your goals with Real Salt Lake and expectation this season?”
Enzo Martinez “My goal is to play more this year and fight for a spot and I hope we can rise the MLS Cup at the end of the season”.
David Viana “Play as much as possible, show my quality and skills and I hope for a great season”.