Two teams lacking form meet at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. as Wilmer Cabrera’s Chivas USA tangle with Jeff Cassar’s Real Salt Lake on June 28. RSL come into the match with a record of 6-2-7 (25 points) while Chivas USA come into this contest with a record of 2-7-5 (11 points). Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the match between Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake.
1. At least 40 fouls and four cards
It will be a physical contest, with plenty of hard challenges and infractions issued. The MLS Multiplex is boldly predicting at least 40 fouls whistled and at least four cards issued in this game.
2. Erick Torres will score
This season, Chivas USA forward Erick Torres has nine goals to his credit and also leads the team in shots with 37. Torres will score in the first half against Real Salt Lake.
3. A goal and an assist for Javier Morales
This season, Javier Morales has four goals and five assists and remains Real Salt Lake’s top provider. Against Chivas USA, Morales will record a goal and an assist.
4. Jeff Attinella with under five saves
This will be a quiet day for Real Salt Lake backup goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, who has 30 saves this season and is a reliable second option when Nick Rimando has national team obligations. Attinella will make under five saves this game.
5. Dan Kennedy with at least five saves
This season, Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has 37 saves to lead the Goats. It’s going to be another rough game in an already rough season for Kennedy, but he will make at least five saves to keep Chivas USA in this.
6. Luke Mulholland gets on the scoresheet again
Luke Mulholland is one of the quiet X-factors on this Real Salt Lake team. This season, Mulholland has four goals to his credit and will need to get in on goal to give Real Salt Lake a massive victory. Mulhollans will score in the second half.
7. No goals for Bobby Burling
There are two noteworthy players that will not get on goal for Chivas USA. One of them is Bobby Burling, who has only one goal to his credit. Burling is not going to score in this match.
8. Marco Delgado comes up dry
A rising star on this Chivas USA team is Marco Delgado, who only has one goal this season for the Goats. Despite the loss of Kyle Beckerman to national team duty, Real Salt Lake’s depth will find a way to shut down Delgado and cause him to come up scoreless in this match.
9. Here comes Luis Gil
With two goals to his credit, Real Salt Lake’s Luis Gil is due for another breakout performance. Against Chivas USA, Gill will record and goal and an assist.
10. Another conventional win for Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake won’t be lingering near the bottom of the Power Rankings for too long. After lacking form the past few matches, Cassar’s men get it right against a team that seldom gets it right on the pitch.
Real Salt Lake 3, Chivas USA 1