Real Salt Lake is back in the MLS Cup playoffs, solidifying its position as a competitive team in Major League Soccer. The team, which didn’t play in the 36th round, secured its spot in the postseason, marking their third consecutive appearance in this crucial phase of the championship, after finishing seventh in 2021 and 2022. Remember that RSL has already tasted glory by winning the MLS Cup in 2009, and now, in 2023, they are determined to reignite that flame of success.
Under the guidance of coach Pablo Mastroeni, Real Salt Lake currently sits in fourth place in the Western Conference, with only three games remaining in the regular season. Their aim is to secure home-field advantage as they prepare for Decision Day, scheduled for October 21st. This means RSL is in a strong position to make an exciting run in the playoffs and possibly claim the MLS Cup title.
The success of Real Salt Lake this season can be attributed to several key pieces in their roster. Venezuelan international winger Jefferson Savarino returned to the club as a Designated Player and has been a vital presence, contributing an impressive 6 goals and 6 assists. Cristian Arango, who recently arrived from Liga MX’s Pachuca, has scored six goals since his arrival and has already proven his worth in the postseason with his involvement in LAFC’s MLS Cup win last season. Additionally, center-back and captain Justen Glad, who recently extended his contract, demonstrates versatility by contributing five goals in addition to his defensive responsibilities.
However, it’s not all smooth sailing for Real Salt Lake, as they face uncertainty in midfield due to Pablo Ruiz’s prolonged injury. In this scenario, Paraguayan international Braian Ojeda has taken on a prominent role in the team, showing himself to be reliable in Ruiz’s absence.
With the 2023 MLS Cup playoffs set to kick off soon on October 25th and 26th, RSL fans can expect an exciting journey as the team seeks glory. The competition promises to be fierce, with the strongest teams from both the Western and Eastern Conferences competing to reach the MLS Cup, scheduled for December 9th.
Real Salt Lake is back in the MLS spotlight with a talented team and a solid position in the Western Conference. As the season progresses and the playoffs draw near, the dream of the MLS Cup becomes more tangible than ever. RSL fans have reasons to be excited and believe that 2023 could be the year their team reclaims the league title.