Real Salt Lake Faces Challenge Against Sporting KC with Arango in Pursuit of the Record

Leader of the MLS Western Conference, RSL faces Sporting KC in search of extending their historic unbeaten streak
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Real Salt Lake (RSL) stands out not only for leading the Western Conference but also for the relentless pursuit of personal and club records by their captain, Chicho Arango. With a 14-game unbeaten streak in the league, Pablo Mastroeni’s squad is determined to extend this historic feat in a crucial clash against Sporting Kansas City.

Arango, with his 16 goals in 18 games, not only leads the race for the MLS Golden Boot but also seeks to tie the RSL single-season goal record set by Álvaro Saborío in 2012. Additionally, the talented Colombian is one assist away from joining an elite group of RSL players who have achieved 10 goals and 10 assists in a single season, a feat accomplished by only greats like Albert Rusnák and Jeff Cunningham.

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The match against Sporting KC amid a marathon of away games is not just another match for the boys from Salt Lake City. It is an opportunity to prove the consistency that has been the cornerstone of their campaign so far. With nine games unbeaten on the road since the start of the season, RSL faces a considerable challenge, especially after the goalless draw against Montreal.

On the other side, Sporting Kansas City, struggling to find their rhythm this season, will not be an easy prey. The Kansas City team is eager to turn around their recent fortunes, especially at home, where they recently broke a six-game winless streak with a narrow victory over the Seattle Sounders.

The recent history of clashes between RSL and Sporting KC adds an extra layer of drama. With past encounters filled with twists and memorable moments, both sides are aware of the unpredictability this game can bring.

For Real Salt Lake, the goal is clear: stay at the top of the Western Conference and continue making history with a new unbeaten streak. For Chicho Arango, it is the relentless pursuit of records that places him among the club's greats.